Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns1 away from the LORD our God to go and worship the gods of those nations; make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison.219
When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing3 on himself and therefore thinks, "I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way."4 This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.a20
The LORD will never be willing to forgive5 him; his wrath and zeal6 will burn7 against that man. All the curses written in this book will fall upon him, and the LORD will blot8 out his name from under heaven.
The LORD will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster,9 according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.1022
Your children who follow you in later generations and foreigners who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the LORD has afflicted it.1123
The whole land will be a burning waste12 of salt13 and sulfur--nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,14 Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger.1524
All the nations will ask: "Why has the LORD done this to this land?16 Why this fierce, burning anger?"
And the answer will be: "It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt.1726
They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them.
Therefore the LORD's anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book.1828
In furious anger and in great wrath19 the LORD uprooted20 them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now."