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Deuteronomy 28 (New International Version)

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Blessings for Obedience

1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow1 all his commands2 I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.3 2 All these blessings will come upon you4 and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: 3 You will be blessed5 in the city and blessed in the country.6 4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.7 5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.8 7 The LORD will grant that the enemies9 who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.10 8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless11 you in the land he is giving you. 9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people,12 as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands13 of the LORD your God and walk in his ways. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name14 of the LORD, and they will fear you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity--in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock15 and the crops of your ground--in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.16 12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse17 of his bounty,18 to send rain19 on your land in season and to bless20 all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.21 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow22 them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.23 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left,24 following other gods and serving them.

Curses for Disobedience

15 However, if you do not obey25 the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today,26 all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:27 16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.28 17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.29 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.30 19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.31 20 The LORD will send on you curses,32 confusion and rebuke33 in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin34 because of the evil35 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.36 22 The LORD will strike you with wasting disease,37 with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought,38 with blight39 and mildew, which will plague40 you until you perish.41 23 The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron.42 24 The LORD will turn the rain43 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 defeated44 before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven,45 and you will become a thing of horror46 to all the kingdoms on earth.47 26 Your carcasses will be food for all the birds of the air48 and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.49 27 The LORD will afflict you with the boils of Egypt50 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 grope51 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 rescue52 you. 30 You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and ravish her.53 You will build a house, but you will not live in it.54 You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit.55 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,56 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 oppression57 all your days.58 34 The sights you see will drive you mad.59 35 The LORD will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils60 that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.61 36 The LORD will drive you and the king62 you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers.63 There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone.64 37 You will become a thing of horror65 and an object of scorn66 and ridicule67 to all the nations where the LORD will drive you.68 38 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little,69 because locusts70 will devour71 it. 39 You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine72 or gather the grapes, because worms will eat73 them.74 40 You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off.75 41 You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity.76 42 Swarms of locusts77 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.78 44 He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him.79 He will be the head, but you will be the tail.80 45 All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you81 until you are destroyed,82 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.83 47 Because you did not serve84 the LORD your God joyfully and gladly85 in the time of prosperity, 48 therefore in hunger and thirst,86 in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the LORD sends against you. He will put an iron yoke87 on your neck88 until he has destroyed you. 49 The LORD will bring a nation against you89 from far away, from the ends of the earth,90 like an eagle91 swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand,92 50 a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old93 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 wine94 or oil,95 nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined.96 52 They will lay siege97 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.98 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.99 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.100 56 The most gentle and sensitive101 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 daughter102 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For she intends to eat them103 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,104 which are written in this book, and do not revere105 this glorious and awesome name106--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 Egypt107 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,108 until you are destroyed.109 62 You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky110 will be left but few111 in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God. 63 Just as it pleased112 the LORD to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please113 him to ruin and destroy you.114 You will be uprooted115 from the land you are entering to possess. 64 Then the LORD will scatter116 you among all nations,117 from one end of the earth to the other.118 There you will worship other gods--gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.119 65 Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place120 for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes121 weary with longing, and a despairing heart.122 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.123 68 The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again.124 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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