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Deuteronomy 13:6-8

Context
False Prophets in the Family

13:6 Suppose your own full brother, 1  your son, your daughter, your beloved wife, or your closest friend should seduce you secretly and encourage you to go and serve other gods 2  that neither you nor your ancestors 3  have previously known, 4  13:7 the gods of the surrounding people (whether near you or far from you, from one end of the earth 5  to the other). 13:8 You must not give in to him or even listen to him; do not feel sympathy for him or spare him or cover up for him.

1 tn Heb “your brother, the son of your mother.” In a polygamous society it was not rare to have half brothers and sisters by way of a common father and different mothers.

2 tn In the Hebrew text these words are in the form of a brief quotation: “entice you secretly saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods.’”

3 tn Heb “fathers” (also in v. 17).

4 tn Heb “which you have not known, you or your fathers.” (cf. KJV, ASV; on “fathers” cf. v. 18).

5 tn Or “land” (so NIV, NCV); the same Hebrew word can be translated “land” or “earth.”



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