"If after all of this you still continue to defy me and refuse to obey me,
then in my anger I will turn on you and again make your punishment seven times worse than before.
Your hunger will be so great that you will eat your own children.
I will destroy your places of worship on the hills, tear down your incense altars, and throw your dead bodies on your fallen idols. In utter disgust
I will turn your cities into ruins, destroy your places of worship, and refuse to accept your sacrifices.
I will destroy your land so completely that the enemies who occupy it will be shocked at the destruction.
I will bring war on you and scatter you in foreign lands. Your land will be deserted, and your cities left in ruins.
Then the land will enjoy the years of complete rest that you would not give it; it will lie abandoned and get its rest while you are in exile in the land of your enemies.
"I will make those of you who are in exile so terrified that the sound of a leaf blowing in the wind will make you run. You will run as if you were being pursued in battle, and you will fall when there is no enemy near you.
You will stumble over one another when no one is chasing you, and you will be unable to fight against any enemy.
You will die in exile, swallowed up by the land of your enemies.
The few of you who survive in the land of your enemies will waste away because of your own sin and the sin of your ancestors.
"But your descendants will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors, who resisted me and rebelled against me,
and caused me to turn against them and send them into exile in the land of their enemies. At last, when your descendants are humbled and they have paid the penalty for their sin and rebellion,
I will remember my covenant with Jacob and with Isaac and with Abraham, and I will renew my promise to give my people the land. 1
References for Leviticus 26:42
26.42 a Gn 28.13, 14; b Gn 26.3, 4; c Gn 17.7, 8.
First, however, the land must be rid of its people, so that it can enjoy its complete rest, and they must pay the full penalty for having rejected my laws and my commands.
But even then, when they are still in the land of their enemies, I will not completely abandon them or destroy them. That would put an end to my covenant with them, and I am the Lord their God.
I will renew the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I showed all the nations my power by bringing my people out of Egypt, in order that I, the Lord, might be their God."