You shall become an object of horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the Lord will lead you.
You shall carry much seed into the field but shall gather little in, for the locust shall consume it.
You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them.
You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off.
You shall have sons and daughters, but they shall not remain yours, for they shall go into captivity.
All your trees and the fruit of your ground the cicada shall take over.
Aliens residing among you shall ascend above you higher and higher, while you shall descend lower and lower.
They shall lend to you but you shall not lend to them; they shall be the head and you shall be the tail.
All these curses shall come upon you, pursuing and overtaking you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God, by observing the commandments and the decrees that he commanded you.
They shall be among you and your descendants as a sign and a portent forever.
Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and with gladness of heart for the abundance of everything,
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