In chapter seven God orders the complete destruction of all idols and idolatrous people who will lead his people astray. He demonstrates his ‘jealous’ nature as he reiterates that they can worship no other gods but him. This will result in blessing; failure will result in cursing. This theme continues in chapter eight which concludes with “If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God (8:19-20).
In chapter nine it is repeated several times that it is not due to the Israelites righteousness that they are inheriting the land but due to the utter depravity of the people currently living in it. This section concludes with “Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people” (9:6). Moses then goes on to remind them about the golden calf incident and his begging God to spare them.