7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them a before thee; thou shalt smite them, [and] utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
(a) Into thy power.
7:5 But thus
shall ye deal with them; b ye shall
destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves,
and burn their graven images with fire.
(b) God would have his service pure without
idolatrous ceremonies and superstitions. (Deuteronomy
because the LORD c loved you, and
because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the
LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of
bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
(c) Freely, finding no cause in you more than in
others so to do.
7:9 Know therefore d
that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and
mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand
(d) And so put difference between him and idols.
7:10 And repayeth e
them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him
that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
(e) Meaning revealed, or in this life.
7:12 Wherefore it shall come to
pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy
God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the f
mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
(f) This covenant is grounded in his free grace:
therefore in recompensing their obedience, he respects his mercy and not their
And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee;
g thine eye shall have no pity upon
them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that [will be] a snare unto thee.
(g) We should not be merciful when God commands
Moreover the LORD thy God will send the h
hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be
(h) There is not a creature so small, that I will
not arm it to fight on your side against them.
7:22 And the LORD thy God will
put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume
them at once, lest the i beasts of the
field increase upon thee.
(i) It is to your advantage that God does not
accomplish his promise as soon as you would wish.
graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the
silver or gold [that is] on them, nor take [it] unto thee, lest thou k
be snared therein: for it [is] an abomination to the LORD thy God.
(k) And be enticed to idolatry.