When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing1 on himself and therefore thinks, "I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way."2 This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.a20
The LORD will never be willing to forgive3 him; his wrath and zeal4 will burn5 against that man. All the curses written in this book will fall upon him, and the LORD will blot6 out his name from under heaven.
The LORD will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster,7 according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.822
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.923
The whole land will be a burning waste10 of salt11 and sulfur--nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,12 Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger.1324
All the nations will ask: "Why has the LORD done this to this land?14 Why this fierce, burning anger?"
And the answer will be: "It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt.1526
They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them.
Therefore the LORD's anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book.1628
In furious anger and in great wrath17 the LORD uprooted18 them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now."
The secret things belong to the LORD our God,19 but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.20