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613 Mitzvot Listed by Category: Idolatry

The challenge for believers in Yeshua today is knowing what instructions apply. Many have been taught that Torah is no longer valid for believers. What many fail to realize is that the New Covenant writings don't contradict Torah but affirms it. Messiah Himself provides us with proper instruction in how we are to live. The basis of His teaching is Torah. Below is a key that will help to understand what instructions are valid today, what can't be done, what applies to the Jewish people only, whether in the land or not. There are some instructions that are open for debate.

Valid for Believers Today Can No Longer Be Followed Applies to Israel Specifically Applies to Israel - but can be followed by Gentiles Open for Debate

Given to Israel specifically to incorporate judicial structure for the nation, many of these instructions can be followed by believers today.

Number Type Description Commandment Scripture
312 Negative Not to make a graven image; neither to make it oneself nor to have it made by others You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:4
313 Negative Not to make any figures for ornament, even if they are not worshipped You are not to make with me gods of silver, nor are you to make gods of gold for yourselves. Exodus 20:20
314 Negative Not to make idols even for others "Do not cast metal gods for yourselves.

" 'Do not turn to idols, and do not cast metal gods for yourselves; I am Adonai your God.

Exodus 34:17; Leviticus 19:4
315 Negative Not to use the ornament of any object of idolatrous worship You are to burn up completely the carved statues of their gods. Don't be greedy for the silver or gold on them; don't take it with you, or you will be trapped by it; for it is abhorrent to Adonai your God. Deuteronomy 7:25
316 Negative Not to make use of an idol or its accessory objects, offerings, or libations Don't bring something abhorrent into your house, or you will share in the curse that is on it; instead, you are to detest it completely, loathe it utterly; for it is set apart for destruction. Deuteronomy 7:26
317 Negative Not to drink wine of idolaters Who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offering? Let him get up and help you, let him protect you! Deuteronomy 32:38
318 Negative Not to worship an idol in the way in which it is usually worshipped You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:5
319 Negative Not to bow down to an idol, even if that is not its mode of worship You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus 20:5
320 Negative Not to prophesy in the name of an idol "Pay attention to everything I have said to you; do not invoke the names of other gods or even let them be heard crossing your lips.

" 'But if a prophet presumptuously speaks a word in my name which I didn't order him to say, or if he speaks in the name of other gods, then that prophet must die.'

Exodus 23:13; Deuteronomy 18:20
321 Negative Not to hearken to one who prophesies in the name of an idol you are not to listen to what that prophet or dreamer says. For Adonai your God is testing you, in order to find out whether you really do love Adonai your God with all your heart and being. Deuteronomy 13:4
322 Negative Not to lead the children of Israel astray to idolatry "Pay attention to everything I have said to you; do not invoke the names of other gods or even let them be heard crossing your lips. Exodus 23:13
323 Negative Not to entice an Israelite to idolatry Then all Isra'el will hear about it and be afraid, so that they will stop doing such wickedness as this among themselves. Deuteronomy 13:12
324 Positive To destroy idolatry and its appurtenances You must destroy all the places where the nations you are dispossessing served their gods, whether on high mountains, on hills, or under some leafy tree. Break down their altars, smash their standing-stones to pieces, burn up their sacred poles completely and cut down the carved images of their gods. Exterminate their name from that place. Deuteronomy 12:2 - 3
325 Negative Not to love the enticer to idolatry you are not to consent, and you are not to listen to him; and you must not pity him or spare him; and you may not conceal him. Deuteronomy 13:9
326 Negative Not to give up hating the enticer to idolatry you are not to consent, and you are not to listen to him; and you must not pity him or spare him; and you may not conceal him. Deuteronomy 13:9
327 Negative Not to save the enticer from capital punishment, but to stand by at his execution you are not to consent, and you are not to listen to him; and you must not pity him or spare him; and you may not conceal him. Deuteronomy 13:9
328 Positive A person whom he attempted to entice to idolatry shall not urge pleas for the acquittal of the enticer you are not to consent, and you are not to listen to him; and you must not pity him or spare him; and you may not conceal him. Deuteronomy 13:9
329 Positive A person whom he attempted to entice shall not refrain from giving evidence of the enticer's guilt, if he has such evidence you are not to consent, and you are not to listen to him; and you must not pity him or spare him; and you may not conceal him. Deuteronomy 13:9
330 Negative Not to swear by an idol to its worshipers, nor cause them to swear by it "Pay attention to everything I have said to you; do not invoke the names of other gods or even let them be heard crossing your lips. Exodus 23:13
331 Negative Not to turn one's attention to idolatry " 'Do not turn to idols, and do not cast metal gods for yourselves; I am Adonai your God. Leviticus 19:4
332 Negative Not to adopt the institutions of idolaters nor their customs You are not to engage in the activities found in the land of Egypt, where you used to live; and you are not to engage in the activities found in the land of Kena`an, where I am bringing you; nor are you to live by their laws.

Do not live by the regulations of the nation which I am expelling ahead of you; because they did all these things, which is why I detested them.

Leviticus 18:3; 20:23
333 Negative Not to pass a child through the fire to Molech " 'You are not to let any of your children be sacrificed to Molekh, thereby profaning the name of your God; I am Adonai. Leviticus 18:21
334 Negative Not to suffer any one practicing witchcraft to live "You are not to permit a sorceress to live. Exodus 22:17
335 Negative Not to practice onein (observing times or seasons as favorable or unfavorable, using astrology) " 'Do not eat anything with blood. Do not practice divination or fortune-telling. Leviticus 19:26
336 Negative Not to practice nachesh (doing things based on signs and portents; using charms and incantations) " 'Do not eat anything with blood. Do not practice divination or fortune-telling. Leviticus 19:26
337 Negative Not to consult ovoth (ghosts) " 'Do not turn to spirit-mediums or sorcerers; don't seek them out, to be defiled by them; I am Adonai your God. Leviticus 19:31
338 Negative Not to consult yid'onim (wizards) " 'Do not turn to spirit-mediums or sorcerers; don't seek them out, to be defiled by them; I am Adonai your God. Leviticus 19:31
339 Negative Not to practice kisuf (magic using herbs, stones and objects that people use) There must not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through fire, a diviner, a soothsayer, an enchanter, a sorcerer, Deuteronomy 18:10
340 Negative Not to practice kessem (a general term for magical practices) There must not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through fire, a diviner, a soothsayer, an enchanter, a sorcerer, Deuteronomy 18:10
341 Negative Not to practice the art of a chover chaver (casting spells over snakes and scorpions) a spell-caster, a consulter of ghosts or spirits, or a necromancer. Deuteronomy 18:11
342 Negative Not to enquire of an ob (a ghost) a spell-caster, a consulter of ghosts or spirits, or a necromancer. Deuteronomy 18:11
343 Negative Not to seek the maytim (dead) a spell-caster, a consulter of ghosts or spirits, or a necromancer. Deuteronomy 18:11
344 Negative Not to enquire of a yid'oni (wizard) a spell-caster, a consulter of ghosts or spirits, or a necromancer. Deuteronomy 18:11
345 Negative Not to remove the entire beard, like the idolaters Don't round your hair at the temples or mar the edges of your beard. Leviticus 19:27
346 Negative Not to round the corners of the head, as the idolatrous priests do Don't round your hair at the temples or mar the edges of your beard. Leviticus 19:27
347 Negative Not to cut oneself or make incisions in one's flesh in grief, like the idolaters Don't cut gashes in your flesh when someone dies or tattoo yourselves; I am Adonai.

"You are the people of Adonai your God. You are not to gash yourselves or shave the hair above your foreheads in mourning for the dead,

Leviticus 19:28; Deuteronomy 14:1
348 Negative Not to tattoo the body like the idolaters Don't cut gashes in your flesh when someone dies or tattoo yourselves; I am Adonai. Leviticus 19:28
349 Negative Not to make a bald spot for the dead "You are the people of Adonai your God. You are not to gash yourselves or shave the hair above your foreheads in mourning for the dead, Deuteronomy 14:1
350 Negative Not to plant a tree for worship "You are not to plant any sort of tree as a sacred pole beside the altar of Adonai your God that you will make for yourselves. Deuteronomy 16:21
351 Negative Not to set up a pillar (for worship) Likewise, do not set up a standing-stone; Adonai your God hates such things. Deuteronomy 16:22
352 Negative Not to show favor to idolaters When he does this, when Adonai your God hands them over ahead of you, and you defeat them, you are to destroy them completely! Do not make any covenant with them. Show them no mercy. Deuteronomy 7:2
353 Negative Not to make a covenant with the seven (Canaanite, idolatrous) nations You are not to make a covenant with them or with their gods.

When he does this, when Adonai your God hands them over ahead of you, and you defeat them, you are to destroy them completely! Do not make any covenant with them. Show them no mercy.

Exodus 23:32; Deuteronomy 7:2
354 Negative Not to settle idolaters in our land They are not to live in your land; otherwise they will make you sin against me by ensnaring you to serve their gods." Exodus 23:33
355 Positive To slay the inhabitants of a city that has become idolatrous and burn that city you must put the inhabitants of that city to death with the sword, destroying it completely with the sword, everything in it, including its livestock. Heap all its spoils in an open space, and burn the city with its spoils to the ground for Adonai your God; it will remain a tel forever and not be built again Deuteronomy 13:16 - 17
356 Negative Not to rebuild a city that has been led astray to idolatry Heap all its spoils in an open space, and burn the city with its spoils to the ground for Adonai your God; it will remain a tel forever and not be built again Deuteronomy 13:17
357 Negative Not to make use of the property of city that has been so led astray none of what has been set apart for destruction is to stay in your hands. Then Adonai will turn from his fierce anger and show you mercy, have compassion on you and increase your numbers, as he swore to your ancestors Deuteronomy 13:18

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