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Exodus 34:13

    Exodus 34:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    but ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But their altars are to be overturned and their pillars broken and their images cut down:

    Webster's Revision

    but ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim;

    World English Bible

    but you shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and you shall cut down their Asherim;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    but ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim:

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 34:13

    Ye shall destroy their images - See the subjects of this and all the following verses, to Exodus 34:28, treated at large in the notes on Exodus 23 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 34:13

    Cut down their groves - This is the first reference to what is commonly known as grove-worship. The original word for "grove" in this connection אשׁרה 'ăshêrāh is different from that so rendered in Genesis 21:33. Our translators supposed that what the law commands is the destruction of groves dedicated to the worship of false deities Judges 6:25; 2 Kings 18:4; but inasmuch as the worship of asherah is found associated with that of Astarte, or Ashtoreth Judges 2:13; Judges 10:6; 1 Samuel 7:4, it seems probable that while Astarte was the personal name of the goddess, the asherah was a symbol of her, probably in some one of her characters, made in wood in some conventional form.