You must not bow down to their gods or worship them. Do not imitate their practices. Instead, demolish them and smash their sacred pillars to pieces.
Do not follow the practices of the land of Egypt, where you used to live, or follow the practices of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. You must not follow their customs.
You must not follow the statutes of the nations I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and I abhorred them.
be careful not to be ensnared by their ways after they have been destroyed before you. Do not inquire about their gods, asking, 'How did these nations worship their gods? I'll also do the same.'
"When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations.
Don't set foot on the path of the wicked; don't proceed in the way of evil ones.
2 Kings 17:2
He did what was evil in the Lord's sight, but not like the kings of Israel who preceded him.
"As I live"-the declaration of the Lord God -"your sister Sodom and her daughters have not behaved as you and your daughters have.
"Then I said to their children in the wilderness: Don't follow the statutes of your fathers, defile yourselves with their idols, or keep their ordinances.
For this is what the Lord said to me with great power, to keep me from going the way of this people:
Therefore do whatever they tell you and observe [it]. But don't do what they do, because they don't practice what they teach.
"Now suppose he has a son who sees all the sins his father has committed, and though he sees them, he does not do likewise.
Don't be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.
Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts.