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Deuteronomy 28 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. 1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
2 All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God: 2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
3 God's blessing inside the city, God's blessing in the country; 3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 God's blessing on your children, the crops of your land, the young of your livestock, the calves of your herds, the lambs of your flocks. 4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5 God's blessing on your basket and bread bowl; 5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6 God's blessing in your coming in, God's blessing in your going out. 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7 God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They'll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads. 7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8 God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he'll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you. 8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you. 9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.
10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you.
11 God will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity--in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground--in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.
12 God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won't have to take out a loan. 12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
13 God will make you the head, not the tail; you'll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
14 Don't swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
15 Here's what will happen if you don't obediently listen to the Voice of God, your God, and diligently keep all the commandments and guidelines that I'm commanding you today. All these curses will come down hard on you: 15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
16 God's curse in the city, God's curse in the country; 16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.
17 God's curse on your basket and bread bowl; 17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.
18 God's curse on your children, the crops of your land, the young of your livestock, the calves of your herds, the lambs of your flocks. 18 The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
19 God's curse in your coming in, God's curse in your going out. 19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.
20 God will send The Curse, The Confusion, The Contrariness down on everything you try to do until you've been destroyed and there's nothing left of you - all because of your evil pursuits that led you to abandon me. 20 The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.
21 God will infect you with The Disease, wiping you right off the land that you're going in to possess. 21 The LORD will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess.
22 God will set consumption and fever and rash and seizures and dehydration and blight and jaundice on you. They'll hunt you down until they kill you. 22 The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish.
23 The sky over your head will become an iron roof, the ground under your feet, a slab of concrete. 23 The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron.
24 From out of the skies God will rain ash and dust down on you until you suffocate. 24 The LORD will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.
25 God will defeat you by enemy attack. You'll come at your enemies on one road and run away on seven roads. All the kingdoms of Earth will see you as a horror. 25 The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth.
26 Carrion birds and animals will boldly feast on your dead body with no one to chase them away. 26 Your carcasses will be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.
27 God will hit you hard with the boils of Egypt, hemorrhoids, scabs, and an incurable itch. 27 The LORD will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured.
28 He'll make you go crazy and blind and senile. 28 The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind.
29 You'll grope around in the middle of the day like a blind person feeling his way through a lifetime of darkness; you'll never get to where you're going. Not a day will go by that you're not abused and robbed. And no one is going to help you. 29 At midday you will grope about like a blind man in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.
30 You'll get engaged to a woman and another man will take her for his mistress; you'll build a house and never live in it; you'll plant a garden and never eat so much as a carrot; 30 You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and ravish her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit.
31 you'll watch your ox get butchered and not get a single steak from it; your donkey will be stolen from in front of you and you'll never see it again; your sheep will be sent off to your enemies and no one will lift a hand to help you. 31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them.
32 Your sons and daughters will be shipped off to foreigners; you'll wear your eyes out looking vainly for them, helpless to do a thing. 32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand.
33 Your crops and everything you work for will be eaten and used by foreigners; you'll spend the rest of your lives abused and knocked around. 33 A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression all your days.
34 What you see will drive you crazy. 34 The sights you see will drive you mad.
35 God will hit you with painful boils on your knees and legs and no healing or relief from head to foot. 35 The LORD will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.
36 God will lead you and the king you set over you to a country neither you nor your ancestors have heard of; there you'll worship other gods, no-gods of wood and stone. 36 The LORD will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone.
37 Among all the peoples where God will take you, you'll be treated as a lesson or a proverb - a horror! 37 You will become a thing of horror and an object of scorn and ridicule to all the nations where the LORD will drive you.
38 You'll plant sacks and sacks of seed in the field but get almost nothing - the grasshoppers will devour it. 38 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it.
39 You'll plant and hoe and prune vineyards but won't drink or put up any wine - the worms will devour them. 39 You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them.
40 You'll have groves of olive trees everywhere, but you'll have no oil to rub on your face or hands - the olives will have fallen off. 40 You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off.
41 You'll have sons and daughters but they won't be yours for long - they'll go off to captivity. 41 You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity.
42 Locusts will take over all your trees and crops. 42 Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land.
43 The foreigner who lives among you will climb the ladder, higher and higher, while you go deeper and deeper into the hole. 43 The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower.
44 He'll lend to you; you won't lend to him. He'll be the head; you'll be the tail. 44 He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him. He will be the head, but you will be the tail.
45 All these curses are going to come on you. They're going to hunt you down and get you until there's nothing left of you because you didn't obediently listen to the Voice of God, your God, and diligently keep his commandments and guidelines that I commanded you. 45 All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the LORD your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you.
46 The curses will serve as signposts, warnings to your children ever after. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever.
47 Because you didn't serve God, your God, out of the joy and goodness of your heart in the great abundance, 47 Because you did not serve the LORD your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity,
48 you'll have to serve your enemies whom God will send against you. Life will be famine and drought, rags and wretchedness; then he'll put an iron yoke on your neck until he's destroyed you. 48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the LORD sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.
49 Yes, God will raise up a faraway nation against you, swooping down on you like an eagle, a nation whose language you can't understand, 49 The LORD will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand,
50 a mean-faced people, cruel to grandmothers and babies alike. 50 a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young.
51 They'll ravage the young of your animals and the crops from your fields until you're destroyed. They'll leave nothing behind: no grain, no wine, no oil, no calves, no lambs - and finally, no you. 51 They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine or oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined.
52 They'll lay siege to you while you're huddled behind your town gates. They'll knock those high, proud walls flat, those walls behind which you felt so safe. They'll lay siege to your fortified cities all over the country, this country that God, your God, has given you. 52 They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the LORD your God is giving you.
53 And you'll end up cannibalizing your own sons and daughters that God, your God, has given you. When the suffering from the siege gets extreme, you're going to eat your own babies. 53 Because of the suffering that your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the LORD your God has given you.
54 The most gentle and caring man among you will turn hard, his eye evil, against his own brother, his cherished wife, and even the rest of his children who are still alive, 54 Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children,
55 refusing to share with them a scrap of meat from the cannibal child-stew he is eating. He's lost everything, even his humanity, in the suffering of the siege that your enemy mounts against your fortified towns. 55 and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of all your cities.
56 And the most gentle and caring woman among you, a woman who wouldn't step on a wildflower, will turn hard, her eye evil, against her cherished husband, against her son, against her daughter, 56 The most gentle and sensitive woman among you--so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot--will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter
57 against even the afterbirth of her newborn infants; she plans to eat them in secret - she does eat them! - because she has lost everything, even her humanity, in the suffering of the siege that your enemy mounts against your fortified towns. 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For she intends to eat them secretly during the siege and in the distress that your enemy will inflict on you in your cities.
58 If you don't diligently keep all the words of this Revelation written in this book, living in holy awe before This Name glorious and terrible, God, your God, 58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name--the LORD your God--
59 then God will pound you with catastrophes, you and your children, huge interminable catastrophes, hideous interminable illnesses. 59 the LORD will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses.
60 He'll bring back and stick you with every old Egyptian malady that once terrorized you. 60 He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you.
61 And yes, every disease and catastrophe imaginable - things not even written in the Book of this Revelation - God will bring on you until you're destroyed. 61 The LORD will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed.
62 Because you didn't listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, you'll be left with a few pitiful stragglers in place of the dazzling stars-in-the-heavens multitude you had become. 62 You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God.
63 And this is how things will end up: Just as God once enjoyed you, took pleasure in making life good for you, giving you many children, so God will enjoy getting rid of you, clearing you off the Earth. He'll weed you out of the very soil that you are entering in to possess. 63 Just as it pleased the LORD to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.
64 He'll scatter you to the four winds, from one end of the Earth to the other. You'll worship all kinds of other gods, gods neither you nor your parents ever heard of, wood and stone no-gods. 64 Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods--gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.
65 But you won't find a home there, you'll not be able to settle down. God will give you a restless heart, longing eyes, a homesick soul. 65 Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart.
66 You will live in constant jeopardy, terrified of every shadow, never knowing what you'll meet around the next corner. 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life.
67 In the morning you'll say, "I wish it were evening." In the evening you'll say, "I wish it were morning." Afraid, terrorized at what's coming next, afraid of the unknown, because of the sights you've witnessed. 67 In the morning you will say, "If only it were evening!" and in the evening, "If only it were morning!"--because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see.
68 God will ship you back to Egypt by a road I promised you'd never see again. There you'll offer yourselves for sale, both men and women, as slaves to your enemies. And not a buyer to be found. 68 The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.