The derogatory and subjugated way we see the other gods depicted in the passages wherethey are mentioned supports the thought that their followers are in some way ignorant orunfortunate. It would be ungrateful for Israelites to backslide then into worship of others onceGod’s superiority and concern for them is shown. Passages stating that “it has been clearlydemonstrated” or “know therefore this day, and keep in mind that the Lord alone is God inheaven above and on earth below” may not truly be meant to support the absence of otherdivinities, but rather just the absence of other divinities on par with God and in this casepertaining to the Israelites. Alternatively these “other gods” could be synonymous with idols – interms of constructing (in thought) something that one believes has force but is empty. If there areother gods one should not worship/believe (put faith) in them for you ought to know “that theLord is great, that our Lord is greater than all goods” (psalm135.5) so “praise the God of gods”.
God is “most high” and “much acclaimed …held in awe by all divine beings” and “among thedivine beings He pronounces judgment”. While this is definitely not monotheism it is not far from
Deut. 4.19 And when you look up to the sky and behold the sun and the moon and the stars, the wholeheavenly host, you must not be lured into bowing down to them or serving them. These the Lord your God allotted toother peoples everywhere under heaven, but you the Lord took and brought out of Egypt, that iron blast furnace, tobe His very own people, as is now the case.” The worship need not be of the sun and moon but is a generalization forthose natural phenomena that are attributed divinities (“god of grain”, “god of the river”, “god of death”) God eitheris the originator of all of these phenomena as he is the only one of such power or God has delegated these tasks tosubordinates.
Exodus 15.11-12 “who is like you, O Lord among the celestials, who is like You, majestic in holiness,awesome in splendor working wonders!” Psalm 86.8 “There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, and there areno deeds like yours. All the nations you have made will come to bow down before You, O Lord, and they will payhonor to your name. For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God.”