New Defender's Study Bible Notes
12:5 thither thou shalt come. The idolatrous nations worshipped the many gods and goddesses who personified to them the various forces and systems of nature, thus controlling the weather, the beasts, the rivers, etc. Consequently they established numerous places of worship, which commonly were sites of orgiastic rites and sadistic sacrifices. The chosen nation was, therefore, not to establish numerous worship sites, but only one central location, where all the people could come at set times to honor the one true God.