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if you transgress the covenant of Yahweh your God that he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow downa to them. Then the anger of Yahweh will be kindled against you, and you will perish quickly from off the good land that he has given to you.” Bible other translations
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Or, “worship”

“transgress.” The Hebrew uses the word, “cross over,” where to cross over the covenant is to go beyond it, to transgress its boundaries.

“you will perish quickly from off the good land.” This is also stated in Deuteronomy 11:17.

“bow down.” The common biblical way of bowing down before people or God was to fall to one’s knees and bow the upper body to the earth. It is the same Hebrew word as “worship.” [For more on bowing down, see commentary on 1 Chron. 29:20].


Commentary for: Joshua 23:16