All communion with the nations is forbidden,
Deuteronomy 7:1 When the Lorde thy God hathe brought the into the land whither thou goest to possesse it, & hast coste out manye nations before the: the Hethytes, the Gergesites, þe Amorites, the Cananites, the Pheresites, the Heuites, and the Iebusites .vij. nacions moo in numbre & mightier then thou: Deuteronomy 7:2 and when the Lord thy God hath sett them before the that thou shouldest smyt them se that thou vtterly destroye them and make no couenaunt with theym nor haue compassyon vppon theym. Also thou shalte make no maryages wyth theim, Deuteronomy 7:3 neyther gyue thy daughter vnto hys sone, nor take hys daughter vnto thy sonne.
for fear of idolatry,
Deuteronomy 7:4 For they wyl make your Sonnes departe fro me, and serue straunge Goddes, and then wyll the wrathe of the Lorde waxe whote vpon you and destroye you shortely. Deuteronomy 7:5 But thus ye shall deale wyth them: ouerthrow theyr alters, breake downe theyr pyllers cut downe their groues and burne their ymages wyth fyre.
for the holiness of the people,
Deuteronomy 7:6 For thou art an holy nacion vnto the Lorde thy God, the Lorde thy God hath chosen the to be a seuerall people vnto hym selfe of al nations that are vpon the erth. Deuteronomy 7:7 It was not bicause of þe multitude of you aboue al nations, that the Lord had lust vnto you and chose you. For ye were fewest of all nations. Deuteronomy 7:8 But bycause the Lord loued you & bicause he would kepe the oth whych he hadde sworne vnto your fathers, therfore he brought you out of Egypt with a mighty hande and deliuered you out of the house of bondage: euen from the hande of Pharao, kynge of Egypt.
for the nature of God in his mercy and justice,
Deuteronomy 7:9 Vnderstande therefore, that the Lord thy God he is god & þt a true god, which kepeth pointment and mercy vnto them that loue him and kepe hys commaundementes, euen thorowe oute a thousande generations Deuteronomy 7:10 and rewarded them that hate him before his face so that he bryngeth them to nought, and will not defarre the tyme to him that hateth hym but wyl rewarde hym before his face. Deuteronomy 7:11 Kepe therfore the commaundementes, ordinaunces and lawes which I commaund you thys day, that ye do them
Deuteronomy 7:12 If ye shall herken vnto these lawes & shall obserue and do them, then shal the Lord thy God kepe poyntment with the and the mercy which he sware vnto thy fathers Deuteronomy 7:13 & wyl loue the, blesse the, and multiply the: he wil blesse the frute of thy wombe & the frute of thy felde thy corne, thy wine, and thyne oyle, the frute of thyne oxen, and the flockes of thy shepe, in the Lande whyche he sware vnto thy fathers to gyue the. Deuteronomy 7:14 Thou shalt be blessed aboue al nations, there shal be neither man nor woman vnfruitfull among you, nor any thing vnfrutful amonge youre cattell. Deuteronomy 7:15 Moreouer the Lorde wyll turne from the all maner infirmities, & wyll putte none of the euyl deseases of Egypte (which thou knowest) vpon the, but will send them vpon them that hate the. Deuteronomy 7:16 Thou shalt brynge to naught all nacions which the Lord thy God deliuereth þe, thine eye shal haue no pyty vpon them neither shalt thou serue theyr Goddes, for that shall be thy decaye.
for the assuredness of victory which God will give over them.
Deuteronomy 7:17 If thou shalt saye in thine herte, these nacions are moo then I, howe can I cast them out? Deuteronomy 7:18 Fear them not, but remembre what the Lorde thy God dyd vnto Pharao & vnto all Egypte, Deuteronomy 7:19 and the greate temptations whiche thyne eyes sawe, & the sygnes and wondres & myghty hand and stretched out arme wherewith the Lord thy God brought the out: euen so shal the Lord thi God do vnto al the nations of which thou art afrayed. Deuteronomy 7:20 Therto the Lorde thy God wil send hornettes among them vntyl they that are lefte and hyd them selues from the, be destroyed. Deuteronomy 7:21 Se thou feare them not for the Lord thy God is among you a mighty God and a terrible. Deuteronomy 7:22 The Lord thy God wil put out these nations before the a lytle, and a lytle, thou maist not consume theim at once lest the beastes of the feylde encrease vpon the. Deuteronomy 7:23 And the Lorde thy God shal deliuer them vnto the and styrre vp a myghty tempest among them, vntyll they be brought to nought. Deuteronomy 7:24 And he shall deliuer theyr kynges into thyne hande, & thou shalt destroy theyr names from vnder heauen. There shall no man stande before the vntyll thou haue destroyed them. Deuteronomy 7:25 The Images of their Gods thou shalt burne wyth fire, and se that þu couet not the syluer or golde that is on them nor take it vnto the, least thou be snared therwyth. For it is an abhomination vnto the lord thy God. Deuteronomy 7:26 Bring not therfore the abhomination to thyne house, least thou be a damned thing as it is: but vtterlye defye it and abhorre it, for it is a thynge that must be destroyed.