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Deuteronomy 16:21

    Deuteronomy 16:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You shall not plant you a grove of any trees near to the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of Jehovah thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let no holy tree of any sort be planted by the altar of the Lord your God which you will make.

    Webster's Revision

    Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of Jehovah thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

    World English Bible

    You shall not plant for yourselves an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of Yahweh your God, which you shall make for yourselves.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 16:21

    Thou shalt not plant thee a grove, etc. - We have already seen that groves were planted about idol temples for the purpose of the obscene worship performed in them. (See on Deuteronomy 12:3 (note)). On this account God would have no groves or thickets about his altar, that there might be no room for suspicion that any thing contrary to the strictest purity was transacted there. Every part of the Divine worship was publicly performed, for the purpose of general edification.

    Barnes' Notes on Deuteronomy 16:21

    A grove ... - Render, Thou shalt not plant for thee any tree as an idol: literally as an Asherah," "i. e." an image of Astarte or Ashtaroth, the Phoenician goddess (compare Deuteronomy 7:5 note, Deuteronomy 7:13 note). The word is rendered "grove" by the King James Version also in Deuteronomy 7:5; Deuteronomy 12:3; Exodus 34:13; Judges 6:25, but cannot be maintained, for the word is connected with various verbs which are quite inapplicable to a grove. The wooden idol in question was the stem of a tree, stripped of its boughs, set upright in the ground, and rudely carved with emblems.

    Wesley's Notes on Deuteronomy 16:21

    16:21 Thou shalt not plant - Because this was the practice of idolaters, and might be an occasion of reviving idolatry.