Forbidden Forms of Worship
"You shall not plant any tree as i an Asherah beside the altar of the Lord your God that you shall make.
And you shall not set up a pillar, which the Lord your God hates.
j "You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the Lord your God.
k "If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, l in transgressing his covenant,
and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or m the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, n which I have forbidden,
and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire o diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel,
then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you p shall stone that man or woman to death with stones.
q On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses the one who is to die shall be put to death; a person shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.
r The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So s you shall purge the evil from your midst.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
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You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you.
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And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.
And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.
And have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind -
They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
Then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently. And behold, if it be true and certain that such an abomination has been done among you.
The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely.
Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him.
Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him. The sojourner as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.
And Joshua said, "Why did you bring trouble on us? The Lord brings trouble on you today." And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.
In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true.
If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
But you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people.
Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
The man who acts presumptuously by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.
But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.