You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little,1 because locusts2 will devour3 it.
You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine4 or gather the grapes, because worms will eat5 them.640
You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off.741
You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity.842
Swarms of locusts9 will take over all your trees and the crops of your land.
The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower.1044
He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him.11 He will be the head, but you will be the tail.1245
All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you13 until you are destroyed,14 because you did not obey the LORD your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you.
They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever.1547
Because you did not serve16 the LORD your God joyfully and gladly17 in the time of prosperity,
therefore in hunger and thirst,18 in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the LORD sends against you. He will put an iron yoke19 on your neck20 until he has destroyed you.