Deuteronomy 28:34

34 The sights you see will drive you mad.

Deuteronomy 28:34 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
English Standard Version (ESV)
34 so that you are driven mad by the sights that your eyes see.
New Living Translation (NLT)
34 You will go mad because of all the tragedy you see around you.
The Message Bible (MSG)
34 What you see will drive you crazy.
American Standard Version (ASV)
34 so that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
34 The things you see will drive you mad.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
34 You will be driven mad by what you see.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
34 The things you see will make you lose your mind.

Deuteronomy 28:34 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 28:34

So that thou shalt be mad, for the sight of thine eyes that
thou shall see.
] On account of the shocking things seen by them, their dreadful calamities, oppressions, and persecutions, such as before related; not only violent diseases on their bodies, which were grievous to behold, as well as their pains were intolerable, and made them mad; but to be deprived of a betrothed wife, a newly built house, and a newly planted vineyard; to have an ox slain, and an ass taken away by their enemies, and their sheep given to them before their eyes; to have their sons and daughters taken from them, and brought up in another religion, and to be stripped of their substance; these have made them stark mad, insomuch that they have sometimes destroyed themselves and their families. In Germany, in their rage and madness, they burnt a city and themselves in it; and, in the same country, being summoned by an edict to change their religion, or to be burnt, they agreed to meet together in a certain house, and destroy one another; and first parents killed their children, and husbands their wives, and then killed themselves; leaving only one person to be their doorkeeper, who finished the tragedy by destroying himself, as their own historian relates F13. Other stories of the like kind are reported of them, and some such facts as done in our own nation F14.


F13 Ib. (Shebet Judah, sive Hist. Jud.) sect. 34, 36. p. 214, 215, 216, 217.
F14 See Bishop Patrick in loc. and Dr. Newton (Bishop of Bristol) on Prophecies, vol. 1. Dissert. 7. sect. 14. p. 195, 196.

Deuteronomy 28:34 In-Context

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 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 The sights you see will drive you mad.
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 The LORD will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your ancestors. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone.

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