to confirm you this day as his people,1 that he may be your God2 as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I am making this covenant,3 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.416
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.518
Make sure there is no man or woman, clan or tribe among you today whose heart turns6 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.719
When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing8 on himself and therefore thinks, "I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way."9 This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.a20
The LORD will never be willing to forgive10 him; his wrath and zeal11 will burn12 against that man. All the curses written in this book will fall upon him, and the LORD will blot13 out his name from under heaven.
The LORD will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster,14 according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.1522
Your children who follow you in later generations and foreigners who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the LORD has afflicted it.1623
The whole land will be a burning waste17 of salt18 and sulfur--nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,19 Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger.20