The Lord will bring a nation from far away, from the ends of the earth, to swoop down on you like an eagle, a nation whose language you don't understand,
a ruthless nation,a showing no respect for the old and not sparing the young.
They will eat the offspring of your livestock and your soil's produce until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine, oil, young of your herds, or newborn of your flocks until they cause you to perish.
They will besiege you within all your gates until your high and fortified walls, that you trust in, come down throughout your land. They will besiege you within all your gates throughout the land the Lord your God has given you.
"You will eat your children,b the flesh of your sons and daughters the Lord your God has given youc during the siege and hardship your enemy imposes on you.
The most sensitive and refined man among you will look grudginglyd at his brother, the wife he embraces,e and the rest of his children,
refusing to share with any of them his children's flesh that he will eat because he has nothing left during the siege and hardship your enemy imposes on you in all your towns.
The most sensitive and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her refinement and sensitivity, will begrudge the husband she embraces, her son, and her daughter,
the afterbirth that comes out from between her legs and the children she bears, because she will secretly eat them for lack of anything [else] during the siege and hardship your enemy imposes on you within your gates.
"If you are not careful to obey all the words of this law, which are written in this scroll, by fearing this glorious and awesome name-Yahweh, your God-
He will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, severe and lasting plagues, and terrible and chronic sicknesses.
He will afflict you again with all the diseases of Egypt, which you dreaded, and they will cling to you.
The Lord will also inflict you with every sickness and plague not recorded in the book of this law, until you are destroyed.
Though you were as numerous as the stars of the sky, you will be left with only a few people, because you did not obey the Lord your God.
Just as the Lord was glad to cause you to prosper and to multiply you, so He will also be glad to cause you to perish and to destroy you. You will be deported from the land you are entering to possess.
Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will worship other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.
You will find no peace among those nations, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and a despondent spirit.
Your life will hang in doubt before you. You will be in dread night and day, never certain of survival.
In the morning you will say, 'If only it were evening!' and in the evening you will say, 'If only it were morning!'-because of the dread you will have in your heart and because of what you will see.
The Lord will take you back in ships to Egypt by a route that I said you would never see again.f There you will sell yourselves to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy [you]."