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Promise of Blessing and Retribution

26 ‘You shall anot make idols for yourselves;

neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves;

nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it;

for I am the Lord your God.

2 bYou shall 1keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary:

I am the Lord.

3 c‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,

4 dthen I will give you rain in its season, ethe land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

5 fYour threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing;

you shall eat your bread to the full, and gdwell in your land safely.

6 hI will give peace in the land, and iyou shall lie down, and none will make you afraid;

I will rid the land of jevil 2beasts,

and kthe sword will not go through your land.

7 You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you.

8 lFive of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight;

your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.

9 ‘For I will mlook on you favorably and nmake you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My ocovenant with you.

10 You shall eat the pold harvest, and clear out the old because of the new.

11 qI will set My 3tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.

12 rI will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.

13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves;

I have broken the bands of your syoke and made you walk 4upright.

14 ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,

15 and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,

16 I also will do this to you:

I will even appoint terror over you, twasting disease and fever which shall uconsume the eyes and vcause sorrow of heart.

And wyou shall sow your seed 5in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

17 I will 6set xMy face against you, and yyou shall be defeated by your enemies.

zThose who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall aflee when no one pursues you.

18 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you bseven times more for your sins.

19 I will cbreak the pride of your power;

I dwill make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

20 And your estrength shall be spent in vain;

for your fland shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.

22 gI will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number;

and hyour highways shall be desolate.

23 ‘And if iby these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me,

24 jthen I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

25 And kI will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant;

when you are gathered together within your cities lI will send pestilence among you;

and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

26 mWhen I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, nand you shall eat and not be satisfied.

27 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me,

28 then I also will walk contrary to you in fury;

and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

29 oYou 7shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.

30 pI will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols;

and My soul shall abhor you.

31 I will lay your qcities waste and rbring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not ssmell the fragrance of your 8sweet aromas.

32 tI will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.

33 uI will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you;

your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.

34 vThen the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies’ land;

then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths.

35 As long as it lies desolate it shall rest—

for the time it did not rest on your wsabbaths when you dwelt in it.

36 ‘And as for those of you who are left, I will send xfaintness 9into their hearts in the lands of their enemies;

the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee;

they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues.

37 yThey shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues;

and zyou shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

38 You shall aperish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

39 And those of you who are left bshall 1waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands;

also in their cfathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away.

40But dif they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,

41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies;

if their euncircumcised hearts are fhumbled, and they gaccept their guilt—

42 then I will hremember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember;

I will iremember the land.

43 jThe land also shall be left empty by them, and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them;

they will accept their guilt, because they kdespised My judgments and because their soul abhorred My statutes.

44 Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, lI will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them;

for I am the Lord their God.

45 But mfor their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, nwhom I brought out of the land of Egypt oin the sight of the nations, that I might be their God:

I am the Lord.’ ”

46 pThese are the statutes and judgments and laws which the Lord made between Himself and the children of Israel qon Mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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