Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
beware that you are not ensnared
to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’
You shall not plant for yourself an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the Lord your God, which you shall make for yourself.
so that they may not teach you to do
according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the Lord your God.
Moreover, you shall not
follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.