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12:3 You must tear down their altars, break up their sacred pillars, burn their Asherah trees, and chop down the statues of their gods, obliterating their names from that place.
Venitatstem et-mizbechotam veshibartem et-matsevotam va'ashereyhem tisrefun ba'esh ufsiley eloheyhem tegade'un ve'ibadetem et-shmam min-hamakom hahu.
12:4 You may not worship God your Lord in such a manner.
Lo ta'asun ken l'Adonay Eloheychem.


Asherah trees
  See Exodus 34:13, Deuteronomy 7:5.

You may not worship...
  That is, in places such as those mentioned in Deuteronomy 12:2 (Rashi; Rashbam; Ibn Ezra; Bachya). Literally, 'Do not do this to God your Lord' (cf. Deuteronomy 12:31). However, the Talmud attaches this to verse 12:3, and cites this as a commandment not to destroy anything associated with God's worship (Sifri), and not to erase God's name (Makkoth 22a).

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