Leviticus 26 NIV

Reward for Obedience

1 " 'Do not make idols1 or set up an image2 or a sacred stone3 for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone4 in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.

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2 " 'Observe my Sabbaths5 and have reverence for my sanctuary.6 I am the LORD.

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3 " 'If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey7 my commands,

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4 I will send you rain8 in its season,9 and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.10

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5 Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want11 and live in safety in your land.12

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6 " 'I will grant peace in the land,13 and you will lie down14 and no one will make you afraid.15 I will remove savage beasts16 from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.

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7 You will pursue your enemies,17 and they will fall by the sword before you.

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8 Five18 of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.19

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9 " 'I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers,20 and I will keep my covenant21 with you.

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10 You will still be eating last year's harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.22

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11 I will put my dwelling placea23 among you, and I will not abhor you.24

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    • a 26:11 - Or "my tabernacle"
      12 I will walk25 among you and be your God,26 and you will be my people.27

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      13 I am the LORD your God,28 who brought you out of Egypt29 so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke30 and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

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      Punishment for Disobedience

      14 " 'But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,31

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      15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws32 and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,33

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          16 then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever34 that will destroy your sight and drain away your life.35 You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.36

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          17 I will set my face37 against you so that you will be defeated38 by your enemies;39 those who hate you will rule over you,40 and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.41

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          18 " 'If after all this you will not listen to me,42 I will punish43 you for your sins seven times over.44

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              19 I will break down your stubborn pride45 and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.46

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              20 Your strength will be spent in vain,47 because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit.48

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              21 " 'If you remain hostile49 toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over,50 as your sins deserve.

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                  22 I will send wild animals51 against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few52 in number that your roads will be deserted.53

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                  23 " 'If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction54 but continue to be hostile toward me,

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                  24 I myself will be hostile55 toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over.

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                  25 And I will bring the sword56 upon you to avenge57 the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague58 among you, and you will be given into enemy hands.

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                  26 When I cut off your supply of bread,59 ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.

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                      27 " 'If in spite of this you still do not listen to me60 but continue to be hostile toward me,

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                          28 then in my anger61 I will be hostile62 toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over.63

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                          29 You will eat64 the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.65

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                          30 I will destroy your high places,66 cut down your incense altars67 and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols,68 and I will abhor69 you.
                          31 I will turn your cities into ruins70 and lay waste71 your sanctuaries,72 and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.73
                          32 I will lay waste the land,74 so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.75

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                          33 I will scatter76 you among the nations77 and will draw out my sword78 and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste,79 and your cities will lie in ruins.80
                          34 Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate81 and you are in the country of your enemies;82 then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths.

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                          35 All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest83 it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.

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                          36 " 'As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf84 will put them to flight.85 They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them.86

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                          37 They will stumble over one another87 as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.88

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                          38 You will perish89 among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you.90

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                          39 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers'91 sins they will waste away.92

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                          40 " 'But if they will confess93 their sins94 and the sins of their fathers95--their treachery against me and their hostility toward me,

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                          41 which made me hostile96 toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies--then when their uncircumcised hearts97 are humbled98 and they pay99 for their sin,

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                          42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob100 and my covenant with Isaac101 and my covenant with Abraham,102 and I will remember the land.

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                          43 For the land will be deserted103 by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected104 my laws and abhorred my decrees.105

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                          44 Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies,106 I will not reject them or abhor107 them so as to destroy them completely,108 breaking my covenant109 with them. I am the LORD their God.

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                              45 But for their sake I will remember110 the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt111 in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the LORD.' "

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                              46 These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that the LORD established on Mount Sinai112 between himself and the Israelites through Moses.113

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