but you must break down their altars and dash in pieces their sacred standing-stones, and you must cut down their Asherah poles, Bible see other translations

“dash in pieces their sacred standing-stones.” Standing-stones would often be set up as part of the worship of pagan gods. 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: Exodus 34:13