Deuteronomy 28:15–68

Consequences of Disobedience

15 aBut it shall come about, if you do not 1obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

16 aCursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the 1country.

17 aCursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

18 aCursed shall be the 1offspring of your 2body and the 1produce of your ground, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.

19 aCursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.

20 aThe Lord will send upon you curses, confusion, and brebuke, in all 1you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and until cyou perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me.

21 aThe Lord will make the pestilence cling to you until He has consumed you from the land where you are entering to possess it.

22 aThe Lord will smite you with consumption and with fever and with inflammation and with fiery heat and with 1the sword and bwith blight and with mildew, and they will pursue you until cyou perish.

23 1The heaven which is over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you, iron.

24 aThe Lord will make the rain of your land powder and dust; from heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.

25 aThe Lord shall cause you to be 1defeated before your enemies; you will go out one way against them, but you will flee seven ways before them, and you will bbe an example of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth.

26 aYour carcasses will be food to all birds of the sky and to the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.

27 aThe Lord will smite you with the boils of Egypt and with btumors and with the scab and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.

28 “The Lord will smite you with madness and with blindness and with bewilderment of heart;

29 and you will 1agrope at noon, as the blind man gropes in darkness, and you will not prosper in your ways; but you shall only be oppressed and robbed continually, with none to save you.

30 aYou shall betroth a wife, but another man will violate her; byou shall build a house, but you will not live in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but you will not 1use its fruit.

31 “Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat of it; your donkey shall be torn away from you, and will not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you will have none to save you.

32 aYour sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and yearn for them continually; but there will be nothing 1you can do.

33 aA people whom you do not know shall eat up the produce of your ground and all your labors, and you will never be anything but oppressed and crushed continually.

34 “You shall be driven mad by the sight of 1what you see.

35 aThe Lord will strike you on the knees and legs with sore boils, from which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.

36 aThe Lord will bring you and your king, whom you set over you, to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods, bwood and stone.

37 aYou shall become a horror, a proverb, and a taunt among all the people where the Lord drives you.

38 aYou shall bring out much seed to the field but you will gather in little, for bthe locust will consume it.

39 aYou shall plant and cultivate vineyards, but you will neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm will devour them.

40 aYou shall have olive trees throughout your territory but you will not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives will drop off.

41 aYou shall 1have sons and daughters but they will not be yours, for they will go into captivity.

42 aThe cricket shall possess all your trees and the produce of your ground.

43 aThe alien who is among you shall rise above you higher and higher, but you will go down lower and lower.

44 aHe shall lend to you, but you will not lend to him; bhe shall be the head, and you will be the tail.

45 “So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you auntil you are destroyed, because you would not 1obey the Lord your God by keeping His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.

46 “They shall become aa sign and a wonder on you and your 1descendants forever.

47 aBecause you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things;

48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, ain hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He bwill put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.

49 aThe Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, bas the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand,

50 a nation of fierce countenance who will ahave no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young.

51 “Moreover, it shall eat the 1offspring of your herd and the produce of your ground until you are destroyed, who also leaves you no grain, new wine, or oil, nor the increase of your herd or the young of your flock until they have caused you to perish.

52 aIt shall besiege you in all your 1towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it shall besiege you in all your 1towns throughout your land which the Lord your God has given you.

53 aThen you shall eat the 1offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters whom the Lord your God has given you, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will 2oppress you.

54 “The man who is 1refined and very delicate among you 2shall be hostile toward his brother and toward the wife 3he cherishes and toward the rest of his children who remain,

55 so that he will not give even one of them any of the flesh of his children which he will eat, since he has nothing else left, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will 1oppress you in all your 2towns.

56 aThe 1refined and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and 2refinement, 3shall be hostile toward the husband 4she cherishes and toward her son and daughter,

57 and toward her afterbirth which issues from between her 1legs and toward her children whom she bears; for ashe will eat them secretly for lack of anything else, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy will 2oppress you in your 3towns.

58 “If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to 1afear this honored and awesome bname, 2the Lord your God,

59 then the Lord will bring extraordinary plagues on you and 1your descendants, even 2severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses.

60 aHe will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they will cling to you.

61 “Also every sickness and every plague which, not written in the book of this law, the Lord will bring on you auntil you are destroyed.

62 “Then you shall be left few in number, awhereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, because you did not 1obey the Lord your God.

63 “It shall come about that as the Lord adelighted over you to prosper you, and multiply you, so the Lord will bdelight over you to make you perish and destroy you; and you will be ctorn from the land where you are entering to possess it.

64 “Moreover, the Lord will ascatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall bserve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known.

65 aAmong those nations you shall find no rest, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there bthe Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul.

66 “So your life shall 1hang in doubt before you; and you will be in dread night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life.

67 aIn the morning you shall say, ‘Would that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Would that it were morning!’ because of the dread of your heart which you dread, and for the sight of your eyes which you will see.

68 “The Lord will bring you back to Egypt in ships, by the way about which I spoke to you, ‘You will never see it again!’ And there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer.”

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