Exodus 23:32

23:32 “You must make no covenant with them or with their gods.

Exodus 34:12

34:12 Be careful not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it become a snare among you.

tn The exact expression is “take heed to yourself lest you make.” It is the second use of this verb in the duties, now in the Niphal stem. To take heed to yourself means to watch yourself, be sure not to do something. Here, if they failed to do this, they would end up making entangling treaties.

sn A snare would be a trap, an allurement to ruin. See Exod 23:33.