All of you are standing today in the presence of the LORD your God--your leaders and chief men, your elders and officials, and all the other men of Israel,
together with your children and your wives, and the aliens living in your camps who chop your wood and carry your water.112
You are standing here in order to enter into a covenant with the LORD your God, a covenant the LORD is making with you this day and sealing with an oath,
to confirm you this day as his people,2 that he may be your God3 as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I am making this covenant,4 with its oath, not only with you
who are standing here with us today in the presence of the LORD our God but also with those who are not here today.516
You yourselves know how we lived in Egypt and how we passed through the countries on the way here.
You saw among them their detestable images and idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold.618
Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns7 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.819
When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing9 on himself and therefore thinks, "I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way."10 This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.a20
The LORD will never be willing to forgive11 him; his wrath and zeal12 will burn13 against that man. All the curses written in this book will fall upon him, and the LORD will blot14 out his name from under heaven.
The LORD will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster,15 according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.16