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Leviticus 26 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "Don't make idols for yourselves; don't set up an image or a sacred pillar for yourselves, and don't place a carved stone in your land that you can bow down to in worship. I am God, your God. 1 " 'Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.
2 "Keep my Sabbaths; treat my Sanctuary with reverence. I am God. "If You Live by My Decrees . . . " 2 " 'Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD.
3 "If you live by my decrees and obediently keep my commandments, 3 " 'If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands,
4 I will send the rains in their seasons, the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. 4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.
5 You will thresh until the grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting time; you'll have more than enough to eat and will live safe and secure in your land. 5 Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.
6 "I'll make the country a place of peace - you'll be able to go to sleep at night without fear; I'll get rid of the wild beasts; I'll eliminate war. 6 " 'I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.
7 You'll chase out your enemies and defeat them: 7 You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.
8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand and do away with them. 8 Five 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.
9 I'll give you my full attention: I'll make sure you prosper, make sure you grow in numbers, and keep my covenant with you in good working order. 9 " 'I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.
10 You'll still be eating from last year's harvest when you have to clean out the barns to make room for the new crops. 10 You will still be eating last year's harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.
11 "I'll set up my residence in your neighborhood; I won't avoid or shun you; 11 I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you.
12 I'll stroll through your streets. I'll be your God; you'll be my people. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.
13 I am God, your personal God who rescued you from Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians. I ripped off the harness of your slavery so that you can move about freely. "But If You Refuse to Obey Me . . . " 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.
14 "But if you refuse to obey me and won't observe my commandments, 14 " 'But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,
15 despising my decrees and holding my laws in contempt by your disobedience, making a shambles of my covenant, 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,
16 I'll step in and pour on the trouble: debilitating disease, high fevers, blindness, your life leaking out bit by bit. You'll plant seed but your enemies will eat the crops. 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.
17 I'll turn my back on you and stand by while your enemies defeat you. People who hate you will govern you. You'll run scared even when there's no one chasing you. 17 I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.
18 "And if none of this works in getting your attention, I'll discipline you seven times over for your sins. 18 " 'If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over.
19 I'll break your strong pride: I'll make the skies above you like a sheet of tin and the ground under you like cast iron. 19 I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.
20 No matter how hard you work, nothing will come of it: No crops out of the ground, no fruit off the trees. 20 Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit.
21 "If you defy me and refuse to listen, your punishment will be seven times more than your sins: 21 " 'If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve.
22 I'll set wild animals on you; they'll rob you of your children, kill your cattle, and decimate your numbers until you'll think you are living in a ghost town. 22 I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted.
23 "And if even this doesn't work and you refuse my discipline and continue your defiance, 23 " 'If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me,
24 then it will be my turn to defy you. I, yes I, will punish you for your sins seven times over: 24 I myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over.
25 I'll let war loose on you, avenging your breaking of the covenant; when you huddle in your cities for protection, I'll send a deadly epidemic on you and you'll be helpless before your enemies; 25 And I will bring the sword upon you to avenge the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands.
26 when I cut off your bread supply, ten women will bake bread in one oven and ration it out. You'll eat, but barely - no one will get enough. 26 When I cut off your supply of bread, 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.
27 "And if this - even this! - doesn't work and you still won't listen, still defy me, 27 " 'If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me,
28 I'll have had enough and in hot anger will defy you, punishing you for your sins seven times over: 28 then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over.
29 famine will be so severe that you'll end up cooking and eating your sons in stews and your daughters in barbecues; 29 You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.
30 I'll smash your sex-and-religion shrines and all the paraphernalia that goes with them, and then stack your corpses and the idol-corpses in the same piles - I'll abhor you; 30 I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you.
31 I'll turn your cities into rubble; I'll clean out your sanctuaries; I'll hold my nose at the "pleasing aroma" of your sacrifices. 31 I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.
32 I'll turn your land into a lifeless moonscape - your enemies who come in to take over will be shocked at what they see. 32 I will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.
33 I'll scatter you all over the world and keep after you with the point of my sword in your backs. There'll be nothing left in your land, nothing going on in your cities. 33 I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins.
34 With you gone and dispersed in the countries of your enemies, the land, empty of you, will finally get a break and enjoy its Sabbath years. 34 Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths.
35 All the time it's left there empty, the land will get rest, the Sabbaths it never got when you lived there. 35 All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.
36 "As for those among you still alive, I'll give them over to fearful timidity - even the rustle of a leaf will throw them into a panic. They'll run here and there, back and forth, as if running for their lives even though no one is after them, 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 leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them.
37 tripping and falling over one another in total confusion. You won't stand a chance against an enemy. 37 They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.
38 You'll perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will eat you up. 38 You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you.
39 Any who are left will slowly rot away in the enemy lands. Rot. And all because of their sins, their sins compounded by their ancestors' sins. "On the Other Hand, If They Confess . . . " 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' sins they will waste away.
40 "On the other hand, if they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors, their treacherous betrayal, the defiance 40 " 'But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers--their treachery against me and their hostility toward me,
41 that set off my defiance that sent them off into enemy lands; if by some chance they soften their hard hearts and make amends for their sin, 41 which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies--then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin,
42 I'll remember my covenant with Jacob, I'll remember my covenant with Isaac, and, yes, I'll remember my covenant with Abraham. And I'll remember the land. 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.
43 "The land will be empty of them and enjoy its Sabbaths while they're gone. They'll pay for their sins because they refused my laws and treated my decrees with contempt. 43 For the land will be deserted by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected my laws and abhorred my decrees.
44 But in spite of their behavior, while they are among their enemies I won't reject or abhor or destroy them completely. I won't break my covenant with them: I am God, their God. 44 Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the LORD their God.
45 For their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I, with all the nations watching, brought out of Egypt in order to be their God. I am God." 45 But for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the LORD.' "
46 These are the decrees, laws, and instructions that God established between himself and the People of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai. 46 These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that the LORD established on Mount Sinai between himself and the Israelites through Moses.