You must not plant any kind of tree as a sacred Asherah pole 1 near the altar of the Lord your God which you build for yourself.
Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,
"You shall not plant for yourself an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make for yourself.
"You must never set up an Asherah pole beside the altar of the LORD your God.
Don't plant fertility Asherah trees alongside the Altar of GOD, your God, that you build.
Let no holy tree of any sort be planted by the altar of the Lord your God which you will make.
You shall not plant any tree as a sacred pole beside the altar that you make for the LORD your God;
"You shall not plant for yourself any tree, as a wooden image, near the altar which you build for yourself to the LORD your God.
Thou shalt not plant
thee a grove
of any trees
of the LORD
which thou shalt make
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You must not
kind of tree
as a sacred Asherah pole
of the Lord
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1 tn Heb “an Asherah, any tree.”
sn Sacred Asherah pole. This refers to a tree (or wooden pole) dedicated to the worship of Asherah, wife/sister of El and goddess of fertility. See also Deut 7:5.