1a1These are the words of the covenantwhich the LORDcommandedMoses to make with the sons of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the 2covenantwhich He had made with them at Horeb.
2bAnd MosessummonedallIsrael and said to them, "You have seenall that the LORDdid before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land ;
33the greattrialswhich your eyes have seen, thosegreatsigns and wonders.
"Yet to thisday4the LORD has not given you a heart to know, noreyes to see, norears to hear.
"I have led you fortyyears in the wilderness ; 5your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.
"6You have not eatenbread, nor have you drunkwine or strongdrink, in order that you might know that I am the LORD your God.
"7When you creachedthisplace, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashancame out to meet us for battle, but we ddefeated them;
and we took their land and 8gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites.
"9So keep the words of thiscovenant to do them, 10that you may prosper in all that you do.
"You standtoday, all of you, before the LORD your God : your chiefs, your tribes, your elders and your officers, even all the men of Israel,
your littleones, your wives, and the alienwho is within your camps, from 11the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water,
that you may enter into the covenant with the LORD your God, and into His oathwhich the LORD your God is making with you today,
in order that He may establish you today as His people and that 12He may be your God, just as He spoke to you and as He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
"Now not with you alone am I 13makingthiscovenant and thisoath,
1514but both with those whostandhere with us today in the presence of the LORD our God and with those who are not with us heretoday16
(for you knowhow we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nationsthroughwhich you passed ;
moreover, you have seen their abominations and their idols of 15wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them);
1816so that there will not be among you a manorwoman, orfamilyortribe, whoseheartturnsawaytoday from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of thosenations ; that there will not be among you 17a rootbearingpoisonousfruit and wormwood.
"It shall be when he hears the words of thiscurse, that he will eboast, saying, 'I havepeacethough I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in orderfto destroy the watered land with the dry.'
"The LORD shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the LORD and 18His jealousy will g19burn against that man, and everycurse which is written in thisbook will hrest on him, and the LORD will 20blot out his name from underheaven.
"Then the LORD will single him out for iadversity from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant21which are written in thisbook of the law.
"Now the generation to come, your sonswhorise up after you and 22the foreignerwhocomes from a distantland, when they see the plagues of the land and the diseases with which the LORD has jafflicted it, will say,
23'All its land is 23brimstone and salt, 24a burning waste, kunsown and unproductive , and nograssgrows in it, like the overthrow of 25Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORDoverthrew in His anger and in His wrath.'
24"All the nations will say, '26Why has the LORDdonethus to thisland ? Whythisgreatloutburst of anger ?'
"Then men will say, '27Because they forsook the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.
'They went and servedothergods and worshiped them, godswhom they have not known and whom He had not mallotted to them.
'Therefore, the anger of the LORDburned against that land, 28to bring upon it everycurse which is written in thisbook ;
and 29the LORDuprooted them from their land in anger and in fury and in greatwrath, and cast them into anotherland, as it is thisday.'
"30The secretthings belong to the LORD our God, but 31the thingsrevealed belong to us and to our sonsforever , that we may observeall the words of thislaw.