Deuteronomy 27:15
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New International Version
"Cursed is anyone who makes an idol--a thing detestable to the LORD, the work of skilled hands--and sets it up in secret." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"

King James Bible
Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

Darby Bible Translation
Cursed be the man that maketh a graven or molten image, an abomination to Jehovah, a work of the craftsman's hand, and putteth it up secretly! And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

World English Bible
'Cursed is the man who makes an engraved or molten image, an abomination to Yahweh, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' All the people shall answer and say, 'Amen.'

Young's Literal Translation
Cursed is the man who maketh a graven and molten image, the abomination of Jehovah, work of the hands of an artificer, and hath put it in a secret place, -- and all the people have answered and said, Amen.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Cursed be the man, etc. - Other laws, previously made, had prohibited all these things; and penal sanctions were necessarily understood; but here God more openly declares that he who breaks them is cursed - falls under the wrath and indignation of his Maker and Judge. See the note on Exodus 20:4.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Cursed be

Deuteronomy 28:16-19 Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field...

Genesis 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.

1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred you up against me...

Jeremiah 11:3 And say you to them, Thus said the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeys not the words of this covenant,

maketh

Deuteronomy 4:16-23 Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female...

Deuteronomy 5:8 You shall not make you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath...

Exodus 20:4,23 You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath...

Exodus 32:1-4 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron...

Exodus 34:17 You shall make you no molten gods.

Leviticus 19:4 Turn you not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 26:1 You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither raise you up a standing image...

Isaiah 44:9,10,17 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses...

Hosea 13:2,3 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding...

an abomination

Deuteronomy 29:17 And you have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)

1 Kings 11:5-7 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites...

2 Kings 23:13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption...

2 Chronicles 33:2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like to the abominations of the heathen...

Isaiah 44:19 And none considers in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yes...

Ezekiel 7:20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty...

Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice...

Matthew 24:15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads...

Revelation 17:4,5 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls...

and putteth

Genesis 31:19,34 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's...

2 Kings 17:19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

Psalm 44:20,21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god...

Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? said the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? said the LORD.

Ezekiel 8:7-12 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall...

Ezekiel 14:4 Therefore speak to them, and say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that sets up his idols in his heart...

And all

Numbers 5:22 And this water that causes the curse shall go into your bowels, to make your belly to swell, and your thigh to rot...

Jeremiah 11:5 That I may perform the oath which I have sworn to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day...

Jeremiah 28:6 Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD perform your words which you have prophesied...

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 14:16 Else when you shall bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupies the room of the unlearned say Amen at your giving of thanks...

Amen to each of the curses the people were to say Amen, as well as to the blessings; to denote a profession of their faith in the truth of them, that they were the real declarations of the wrath of God; and an acknowledgement of the equity of these curses. It was such an imprecation upon themselves, as strongly obliged them to have nothing to do with those evil practices in which the curse is entailed. We read of those who entered a curse to walk in God's law.

Nehemiah 10:29 They joined to their brothers, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law...

All the people, by saying this Amen, became bound one for another, that they would observe God's laws, by which every man was obliged, as far as he could, to prevent his neighbour from breaking these laws, and to reprove those that had offended, lest they should bear sin and the curse for them.

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Obedience
Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments.' Deut 27: 9, 10. What is the duty which God requireth of man? Obedience to his revealed will. It is not enough to hear God's voice, but we must obey. Obedience is a part of the honour we owe to God. If then I be a Father, where is my honour?' Mal 1: 6. Obedience carries in it the life-blood of religion. Obey the voice of the Lord
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

Gilgal, in Deuteronomy 11:30 what the Place Was.
That which is said by Moses, that "Gerizim and Ebal were over-against Gilgal," Deuteronomy 11:30, is so obscure, that it is rendered into contrary significations by interpreters. Some take it in that sense, as if it were near to Gilgal: some far off from Gilgal: the Targumists read, "before Gilgal": while, as I think, they do not touch the difficulty; which lies not so much in the signification of the word Mul, as in the ambiguity of the word Gilgal. These do all seem to understand that Gilgal which
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica

Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:16
Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying?

Exodus 20:4
"You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

Exodus 20:23
Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

Exodus 34:17
"Do not make any idols.

Leviticus 19:4
"'Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 26:1
"'Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.

Numbers 5:22
May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries." "'Then the woman is to say, "Amen. So be it."

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