Deuteronomy 28:15-68 (New International Version)

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Curses for Disobedience

15 However, if you do not obey1 the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today,2 all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:3 16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.4 17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.5 18 The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.6 19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.7 20 The LORD will send on you curses,8 confusion and rebuke9 in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin10 because of the evil11 you have done in forsaking him.a 21 The LORD will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess.12 22 The LORD will strike you with wasting disease,13 with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought,14 with blight15 and mildew, which will plague16 you until you perish.17 23 The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron.18 24 The LORD will turn the rain19 of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed. 25 The LORD will cause you to be defeated20 before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven,21 and you will become a thing of horror22 to all the kingdoms on earth.23 26 Your carcasses will be food for all the birds of the air24 and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.25 27 The LORD will afflict you with the boils of Egypt26 and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. 29 At midday you will grope27 about like a blind man in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue28 you. 30 You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and ravish her.29 You will build a house, but you will not live in it.30 You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit.31 31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them. 32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation,32 and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand. 33 A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression33 all your days.34 34 The sights you see will drive you mad.35 35 The LORD will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils36 that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.37 36 The LORD will drive you and the king38 you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers.39 There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone.40 37 You will become a thing of horror41 and an object of scorn42 and ridicule43 to all the nations where the LORD will drive you.44 38 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little,45 because locusts46 will devour47 it. 39 You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine48 or gather the grapes, because worms will eat49 them.50 40 You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off.51 41 You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity.52 42 Swarms of locusts53 will take over all your trees and the crops of your land. 43 The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower.54 44 He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him.55 He will be the head, but you will be the tail.56 45 All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you57 until you are destroyed,58 because you did not obey the LORD your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever.59 47 Because you did not serve60 the LORD your God joyfully and gladly61 in the time of prosperity, 48 therefore in hunger and thirst,62 in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the LORD sends against you. He will put an iron yoke63 on your neck64 until he has destroyed you. 49 The LORD will bring a nation against you65 from far away, from the ends of the earth,66 like an eagle67 swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand,68 50 a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old69 or pity for the young. 51 They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine70 or oil,71 nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined.72 52 They will lay siege73 to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the LORD your God is giving you.74 53 Because of the suffering that your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the LORD your God has given you.75 54 Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, 55 and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of all your cities.76 56 The most gentle and sensitive77 woman among you--so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot--will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter78 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For she intends to eat them79 secretly during the siege and in the distress that your enemy will inflict on you in your cities. 58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law,80 which are written in this book, and do not revere81 this glorious and awesome name82--the LORD your God-- 59 the LORD will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. 60 He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt83 that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. 61 The LORD will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law,84 until you are destroyed.85 62 You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky86 will be left but few87 in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God. 63 Just as it pleased88 the LORD to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please89 him to ruin and destroy you.90 You will be uprooted91 from the land you are entering to possess. 64 Then the LORD will scatter92 you among all nations,93 from one end of the earth to the other.94 There you will worship other gods--gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.95 65 Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place96 for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes97 weary with longing, and a despairing heart.98 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. 67 In the morning you will say, "If only it were evening!" and in the evening, "If only it were morning!"--because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see.99 68 The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again.100 There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.
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