and you are to break down their altars and dash their sacred standing-stones in pieces and burn their Asherah poles with fire, and you are to cut down the carved images of their gods and you are to destroy their name out of that place. Bible see other translations

“break down their altars and dash their sacred pillars in pieces.” Sacred standing-stones were often set up as part of the worship of pagan gods, and pagan altars were a central part of pagan worship. But God has no tolerance for idols. They are harmful in many different ways. They are to be destroyed.

[For more on standing-stones, see commentary on Gen. 28:18. For more on idols being harmful, see commentary on Deuteronomy 7:5.]

Commentary for: Deuteronomy 12:3