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Exodus 34:13-14

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34:13 Rather you must destroy their altars, smash their images, and cut down their Asherah poles. 1  34:14 For you must not worship 2  any other god, 3  for the Lord, whose name 4  is Jealous, is a jealous God.

1 tn Or “images of Asherah”; ASV, NASB “their Asherim”; NCV “their Asherah idols.”

sn Asherah was a leading deity of the Canaanite pantheon, wife/sister of El and goddess of fertility. She was commonly worshiped at shrines in or near groves of evergreen trees, or, failing that, at places marked by wooden poles. These were to be burned or cut down (Deut 12:3; 16:21; Judg 6:25, 28, 30; 2 Kgs 18:4).

2 tn Heb “bow down.”

3 sn In Exod 20:3 it was “gods.”

4 sn Here, too, the emphasis on God’s being a jealous God is repeated (see Exod 20:5). The use of “name” here is to stress that this is his nature, his character.



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