Blessings at Gerizim
1 “aNow it shall be, if° you diligently° Iobey°° the LORD° your God°, being° careful° to do° all° His commandments° which° I command° you today°, the LORD° your God° bwill set° you high° above° all° the nations° of the earth°. 2 All° these° blessings° will come° upon you and aovertake° you if° you Iobey°° the LORD° your God°:
 ILit listen to the voice of aEx 15:26; 23:22-27; Lv 26:3-13; Dt 7:12-26; 11:13 bDt 28:13; 26:19; 1Ch 14:2
 ILit listen to the voice of aZc 1:6
3 ¶ “Blessed° [shall] you [be] in the city°, and blessed° [shall] you [be] ain the Icountry°.
4 ¶ “Blessed° [shall be] the Ioffspring° of your IIbody° and the Iproduce° of your ground° and the Ioffspring° of your beasts°, the increase° of your herd° and the young° of your flock°.
5 ¶ “Blessed° [shall be] your basket° and your kneading° bowl°.
6 ¶ “Blessed° [shall] you [be] awhen you come° in, and blessed° [shall] you [be] when you go° out.
7 ¶ “The LORD° shall cause° your enemies° who rise° up against° you to be Idefeated° before° you; they will come° out against° you one° way° and will flee° before° you seven° ways°. 8 The LORD° will command° the blessing° upon you in your barns° and in aall° that you put° your hand° to, and He will bless° you in the land° which° the LORD° your God° gives° you. 9 aThe LORD° will establish° you as a holy° people° to Himself, as He swore° to you, if° you keep° the commandments° of the LORD° your God° and walk° in His ways°. 10 So all° the peoples° of the earth° will see° that Iayou are called° by the name° of the LORD°, and they will be afraid° of you. 11 aThe LORD° will make you abound° in prosperity°, in the Ioffspring° of your IIbody° and in the Ioffspring° of your beast° and in the Iproduce° of your ground°, in the land° which° the LORD° swore° to your fathers° to give° you. 12 The LORD° will open° for you His good° storehouse°, the heavens°, to give° rain° to your land° in its season° and to bless° all° the work° of your hand°; and ayou shall lend° to many° nations°, but you shall not borrow°. 13 aThe LORD° will make° you the head° and not the tail°, and you only° will be above°, and you will not be underneath°, if° you listen° to the commandments° of the LORD° your God°, which° I charge° you today°, to Iobserve° [them] carefully°, 14 and ado not turn° aside° from any° of the words° which° I command° you today°, to the right° or to the left°, to go° after° other° gods° to serve° them.
 ILit smitten
 aDt 15:10
 aEx 19:5
 ILit the name of the LORD is called upon you a2Ch 7:14
 ILit fruit IIOr womb aDt 28:4; Pv 10:22
 aDt 23:20
 ILit keep and do aDt 28:1, 44
 aDt 5:32; Jsh 1:7
Consequences of Disobedience
15 ¶ “aBut it shall come° about, if° you do not Iobey°° the LORD° your God°, to observe° to do° all° His commandments° and His statutes° with which° I charge° you today°, that all° these° curses° will come° upon you and overtake° you:
16 ¶ “aCursed° [shall] you [be] in the city°, and cursed° [shall] you [be] in the Icountry°.
17 ¶ “aCursed° [shall be] your basket° and your kneading° bowl°.
18 ¶ “aCursed° [shall be] the Ioffspring° of your IIbody° and the Iproduce° of your ground°, the increase° of your herd° and the young° of your flock°.
19 ¶ “aCursed° [shall] you [be] when you come° in, and cursed° [shall] you [be] when you go° out.
20 ¶ “aThe LORD° will send° upon you curses°, confusion°, and brebuke°, in all° Iyou undertake°° to do°, until° you are destroyed° and until° cyou perish° quickly°, on account°° of the evil° of your deeds°, because° you have forsaken° Me. 21 aThe LORD° will make the pestilence° cling° to you until° He has consumed° you from the land° where°° you are entering° to possess° it. 22 aThe LORD° will smite° you with consumption° and with fever° and with inflammation° and with fiery° heat° and with Ithe sword° and bwith blight° and with mildew°, and they will pursue° you until° cyou perish°. 23 IThe heaven° which° is over° your head° shall be bronze°, and the earth° which° is under° you, iron°. 24 aThe LORD° will make° the rain° of your land° powder° and dust°; from heaven° it shall come° down° on you until° you are destroyed°.
 ILit the putting forth of your hand which you do aDt 28:8; Mal 2:2 bPs 80:16; Is 51:20; 66:15 cDt 4:26
 aLv 26:25; Nu 14:12; Jr 24:10; Am 4:10
 IAnother reading is drought aLv 26:16 bAm 4:9 cDt 4:26
 ILit Your
 aDt 11:17; 28:12
25 ¶ “aThe LORD° shall cause° you to be Idefeated° before° your enemies°; you will go° out one° way° against° them, but you will flee° seven° ways° before° them, and you will bbe [an example of] terror° to all° the kingdoms° of the earth°. 26 aYour carcasses° will be food° to all° birds° of the sky° and to the beasts° of the earth°, and there° will be no° one° to frighten° [them] away°.
 ILit smitten aDt 28:7; Is 30:17 b2Ch 29:8; Jr 15:4; 24:9; Ezk 23:46
 aJr 7:33; 16:4; 19:7; 34:20
27 ¶ “aThe LORD° will smite° you with the boils° of Egypt° and with btumors° and with the scab° and with the itch°, from which° you cannot°° be healed°. 28 The LORD° will smite° you with madness° and with blindness° and with bewilderment° of heart°; 29 and you will Iagrope° at noon°, as the blind° man° gropes° in darkness°, and you will not prosper° in your ways°; but you shall only° be oppressed° and robbed° continually°°, with none° to save° you. 30 aYou shall betroth° a wife°, but another° man° will violate° her; byou shall build° a house°, but you will not live° in it; you shall plant° a vineyard°, but you will not Iuse° its fruit°. 31 Your ox° shall be slaughtered° before your eyes°, but you will not eat° of it; your donkey° shall be torn° away° from you, and will not be restored° to you; your sheep° shall be given° to your enemies°, and you will have° none° to save° you. 32 aYour sons° and your daughters° shall be given° to another° people°, while your eyes° look° on and yearn° for them continually°°; but there° will be nothing° Iyou can do°. 33 aA people° whom° you do not know° shall eat° up the produce° of your ground° and all° your labors°, and you will never° be anything° but oppressed° and crushed° continually°°. 34 You shall be driven° mad° by the sight° of Iwhat° you see°. 35 aThe LORD° will strike° you on the knees° and legs° with sore° boils°, from which° you cannot°° be healed°, from the sole° of your foot° to the crown° of your head°. 36 aThe LORD° will bring° you and your king°, whom° you set° over° you, to a nation° which° neither° you nor° your fathers° have known°, and there° you shall serve° other° gods°, bwood° and stone°. 37 aYou shall become° a horror°, a proverb°, and a taunt° among all° the people° where°° the LORD° drives° you.
 aEx 9:9; Dt 7:15; 28:60, 61 b1S 5:6
 ILit be groping aEx 10:21
 ILit begin it aJb 31:10; Jr 8:10 bAm 5:11
 ILit in the power of your hand aDt 28:41
 aJr 5:15, 17
 ILit your eyes which you
 aDt 28:27
 a2K 17:4, 6; 24:12, 14; 25:7, 11; 2Ch 36:1-21; Jr 39:1-9 bDt 4:28; Jr 16:13
 a1K 9:7, 8; Jr 19:8; 24:9; 25:9; 29:18
38 ¶ “aYou shall bring° out much° seed° to the field° but you will gather° in little°, for bthe locust° will consume° it. 39 aYou shall plant° and cultivate° vineyards°, but you will neither° drink° of the wine° nor° gather° [the grapes], for the worm° will devour° them. 40 aYou shall have° olive° trees° throughout° your territory° but you will not anoint° yourself with the oil°, for your olives° will drop° off°. 41 aYou shall Ihave° sons° and daughters° but they will not be yours, for they will go° into captivity°. 42 aThe cricket° shall possess° all° your trees° and the produce° of your ground°. 43 aThe alien° who° is among° you shall rise° above° you higher° and higher°, but you will go° down° lower° and lower°. 44 aHe shall lend° to you, but you will not lend° to him; bhe shall be the head°, and you will be the tail°.
 aIs 5:10; Mi 6:15; Hg 1:6 bEx 10:4; Jol 1:4
 aIs 5:10; 17:10, 11
 aJr 11:16; Mi 6:15
 ILit beget aDt 28:32
 aDt 28:38
 aDt 28:13
 aDt 28:12 bDt 28:13
45 ¶ “So all° these° curses° shall come° on you and pursue° you and overtake° you auntil° you are destroyed°, because° you would not Iobey°° the LORD° your God° by keeping° His commandments° and His statutes° which° He commanded° you. 46 They shall become° aa sign° and a wonder° on you and your Idescendants° forever°°.
47 ¶ “aBecause°° you did not serve° the LORD° your God° with joy° and a glad° heart°, for the abundance° of all° things°; 48 therefore you shall serve° your enemies° whom° the LORD° will send° against you, ain hunger°, in thirst°, in nakedness°, and in the lack° of all° things°; and He bwill put° an iron° yoke° on your neck° until° He has destroyed° you.
49 ¶ “aThe LORD° will bring° a nation° against° you from afar°, from the end° of the earth°, bas the eagle° swoops° down°, a nation° whose° language° you shall not understand°, 50 a nation° of fierce° countenance° who° will ahave° no° respect° for the old°, nor° show° favor° to the young°. 51 Moreover, it shall eat° the Ioffspring° of your herd° and the produce° of your ground° until° you are destroyed°, who° also leaves° you no° grain°, new° wine°, or oil°, nor° the increase° of your herd° or the young° of your flock° until° they have caused you to perish°. 52 aIt shall besiege° you in all° your Itowns° until° your high° and fortified° walls° in which° you trusted° come° down° throughout° your land°, and it shall besiege° you in all° your Itowns° throughout° your land° which° the LORD° your God° has given° you. 53 aThen you shall eat° the Ioffspring° of your own body°, the flesh° of your sons° and of your daughters° whom° the LORD° your God° has given° you, during the siege° and the distress° by which° your enemy° will IIoppress° you. 54 The man° who is Irefined° and very° delicate° among you IIshall be hostile° toward his brother° and toward the wife° IIIhe cherishes° and toward the rest° of his children° who° remain°, 55 so° that he will not give° [even] one° of them any° of the flesh° of his children° which° he will eat°, since° he has nothing°° [else] left°, during the siege° and the distress° by which° your enemy° will Ioppress° you in all° your IItowns°. 56 aThe Irefined° and delicate° woman° among you, who° would not venture° to set° the sole° of her foot° on the ground° for delicateness° and IIrefinement°, IIIshall be hostile° toward the husband° IVshe cherishes° and toward her son° and daughter°, 57 and toward her afterbirth° which issues° from between° her Ilegs° and toward her children° whom° she bears°; for ashe will eat° them secretly° for lack° of anything° [else], during the siege° and the distress° by which° your enemy° will IIoppress° you in your IIItowns°.
 aIs 5:26-30; 7:18-20; Jr 5:15; 6:22, 23 bJr 48:40; 49:22; Lm 4:19; Ho 8:1
 aIs 47:6
 ILit fruit
 ILit gates aJr 10:17, 18; Zp 1:15, 16
 ILit fruit IIOr distress aLv 26:29; 2K 6:28, 29; Jr 19:9; Lm 2:20; 4:10
 ILit tender IILit his eye shall be evil toward IIILit of his bosom
 IOr distress IILit gates
 ILit tender IILit tenderness IIILit her eye shall be evil toward IVLit of her bosom aLm 4:10
 ILit feet IIOr distress IIILit gates a2K 6:28, 29; Lm 4:10
58 ¶ “If° you are not careful° to observe° all° the words° of this° law° which are written° in this° book°, to Iafear° this° honored° and awesome° bname°, IIthe LORD° your God°, 59 then the LORD° will bring° extraordinary° plagues° on you and Iyour descendants°, even IIsevere° and lasting° plagues°, and miserable° and chronic° sicknesses°. 60 aHe will bring° back° on you all° the diseases° of Egypt° of which° you were afraid°, and they will cling° to you. 61 Also° every° sickness° and every° plague° which°, not written° in the book° of this° law°, the LORD° will bring° on you auntil° you are destroyed°. 62 Then you shall be left° few° in number°, awhereas°° you were as numerous° as the stars° of heaven°, because° you did not Iobey°° the LORD° your God°. 63 It shall come° about that as the LORD° adelighted° over° you to prosper° you, and multiply° you, so° the LORD° will bdelight° over° you to make you perish° and destroy° you; and you will be ctorn° from the land° where°° you are entering° to possess° it. 64 Moreover, the LORD° will ascatter° you among all° peoples°, from one end° of the earth° to the other end° of the earth°; and there° you shall bserve° other° gods°, wood° and stone°, which° you or your fathers° have not known°. 65 aAmong those° nations° you shall find° no° rest°, and there will be no° resting° place° for the sole° of your foot°; but there° bthe LORD° will give° you a trembling° heart°, failing° of eyes°, and despair° of soul°. 66 So your life° shall Ihang° in doubt before you; and you will be in dread° night° and day°, and shall have° no° assurance° of your life°. 67 aIn the morning° you shall say°, ‘Would°° that it were evening°!’ And at evening° you shall say°, ‘Would°° that it were morning°!’ because° of the dread° of your heart° which° you dread°, and for the sight° of your eyes° which° you will see°. 68 The LORD° will bring° you back° to Egypt° in ships°, by the way° about which° I spoke° to you, ‘You will never° see° it again°!’ And there° you will offer° yourselves for sale° to your enemies° as male° and female° slaves°°, but there° will be no° buyer°.”
 IOr reverence IIHeb YHWH aPs 99:3; Mal 1:14 bIs 42:8
 ILit plague on your seed IILit great
 aDt 28:27
 aDt 4:25, 26
 ILit listen to the voice of aDt 1:10; Ne 9:23
 aJr 32:41 bPv 1:26 cJr 12:14; 45:4
 aLv 26:33; Dt 4:27; Ne 1:8 bDt 4:28; 29:26; 32:17
 aLm 1:3 bLv 26:36
 ILit be hung for you in front
 aJb 7:4
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The blessings for obedience.
1 ¶ And it shall come to pass,² if² thou shalt hearken¹ª diligentlyºª unto the voiceº of the LORDº thy God,º to observeºª [and] to doºª² all² his commandmentsº which² I² commandºª thee this day,º that the LORDº thy Godº will setºª thee on highº above² all² nationsº of the earth:º 2 And all² these² blessingsº shall comeºª on² thee, and overtakeºª thee, if² thou shalt hearkenºª unto the voiceº of the LORDº thy God.º 3 Blessedºª [shalt] thou² [be] in the city,º and blessedºª [shalt] thou² [be] in the field.º 4 Blessedºª [shall be] the fruitº of thy body,º and the fruitº of thy ground,º and the fruitº of thy cattle,º the increaseº of thy kine,º and the flocksº of thy sheep.º 5 Blessedºª [shall be] thy basketº and thy store.º 6 Blessedºª [shalt] thou² [be] when thou comest in,ºª and blessedºª [shalt] thou² [be] when thou goest out.ºª 7 The LORDº shall causeºª² thine enemiesºª that rise upºª against² thee to be smittenºª before thy face:º they shall come outºª against² thee oneº way,º and fleeºª beforeº thee sevenº ways.º 8 The LORDº shall commandºª² the blessingº upon² thee in thy storehouses,º and in all² that thou settestº thine handº unto; and he shall blessºª thee in the landº which² the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee. 9 The LORDº shall establishºª thee an holyº peopleº unto himself, as² he hath swornºª unto thee, if² thou shalt keepºª² the commandmentsº of the LORDº thy God,º and walkºª in his ways.º 10 And all² peopleº of the earthº shall seeºª that² thou art calledºª by² the nameº of the LORD;º and they shall be afraidºª of² thee. 11 And the LORDº shall make thee plenteousºª in goods,º in the fruitº of thy body,º and in the fruitº of thy cattle,º and in the fruitº of thy ground,º in² the landº which² the LORDº swareºª unto thy fathersº to giveºª thee. 12 The LORDº shall openºª unto thee² his goodº treasure,º² the heavenº to giveºª the rainº unto thy landº in his season,º and to blessºª² all² the workº of thine hand:º and thou shalt lendºª unto manyº nations,º and thou² shalt not² borrow.ºª 13 And the LORDº shall makeºª thee the head,º and not² the tail;º and thou shalt be² above² only,¹² and thou shalt not² be² beneath;º if² that thou hearkenºª unto² the commandmentsº of the LORDº thy God,º which² I² commandºª thee this day,º to observeºª and to doºª [them]: 14 And thou shalt not² go asideºª from any²² of the wordsº which² I² commandºª thee this day,º [to] the right hand,º or [to] the left,º to go¹ª² afterº otherº godsº to serveºª them.
 Ex 15:26; Lv 26:3; Dt 11:13; 15:5; 26:19; 27:1; Ps 91:14; 106:3; 111:10; 119:6, 128; 148:14; Is 1:19; 3:10; 55:2; Jr 11:4; 12:16; 17:24; Lk 1:6; 9:48; 11:28; Jn 15:14; Ro 2:7; Ga 3:10; Jm 2:10.
 Dt 28:15, 45; Zc 1:6; 1Ti 4:8.
 Gn 26:12; 39:5; Ps 107:36; 128:1; 144:12; Is 65:21; Am 9:13; Hg 2:19; Zc 8:3; Mal 3:10.
 Gn 22:17; 49:25; Lv 26:9; Dt 7:13; 28:11; Ps 107:38; 127:3; 128:3; Pv 10:22; 13:22; 20:7; 1Ti 4:8.
 Dt 28:5.
 Nu 27:17; Dt 31:2; 2S 3:25; 2Ch 1:10; Ps 121:8.
 Lv 26:7; Dt 28:25; 32:30; Jsh 8:22; 10:10, 42; 1S 7:3, 10; 2S 22:38; 2Ch 14:2, 9; 19:4; 20:22; 31:20; 32:21; Ps 89:23.
 Lv 25:21; 26:4, 10; Dt 15:10; 2K 6:27; Ps 42:8; 44:4; 133:3; 144:13; Pv 3:9; Hg 2:19; Mal 3:10; Mt 6:26; 13:30; Lk 12:18, 24.
 Gn 17:7; Ex 19:5; Dt 7:6, 8; 13:17; 26:18; 29:12, 13; Ps 87:5; Is 1:26; 62:12; Jr 11:5; 2Th 3:3; Tit 2:14; He 6:13; 1P 2:9; 5:10.
 Ex 12:33; 14:25; Nu 6:27; Dt 4:6; 11:25; Jsh 5:1; 1S 18:12, 28; 1Ch 14:17; 2Ch 7:14; Is 63:19; Jr 33:9; Dn 9:18; Mal 3:12; Rv 3:9.
 Lv 26:9; Dt 28:4; 30:9; Jb 19:17; Ps 132:11; Pv 10:22.
 Lv 26:4; Dt 11:14; 14:29; 15:6, 10; 28:44; Jb 38:22; Ps 65:9; 135:7; Pv 22:7; Jol 2:23.
 Nu 24:18; Dt 4:6; 28:1; Is 9:14; Php 1:27.
 Dt 5:32; 11:16, 26; Jsh 23:6; 2K 22:2; Pv 4:26; Is 30:21.
The curses for disobedience.
15 ¶ But it shall come to pass,² if² thou wilt not² hearkenºª unto the voiceº of the LORDº thy God,º to observeºª to doºª² all² his commandmentsº and his statutesº which² I² commandºª thee this day;º that all² these² cursesº shall comeºª upon² thee, and overtakeºª thee: 16 Cursedºª [shalt] thou² [be] in the city,º and cursedºª [shalt] thou² [be] in the field.º 17 Cursedºª [shall be] thy basketº and thy store.º 18 Cursedºª [shall be] the fruitº of thy body,º and the fruitº of thy land,º the increaseº of thy kine,º and the flocksº of thy sheep.º 19 Cursedºª [shalt] thou² [be] when thou comest in,ºª and cursedºª [shalt] thou² [be] when thou goest out.ºª 20 The LORDº shall sendºª upon thee² cursing,º² vexation,º and rebuke,º in all² that thou settestº thine handº unto for² to do,ºª until² thou be destroyed,ºª and until² thou perishºª quickly;º becauseº² of the wickednessº of thy doings,º whereby² thou hast forsakenºª me. 21 The LORDº shall make² the pestilenceº cleaveºª unto thee, until² he have consumedºª thee from off²² the land,º whither²² thou² goestºª to possessºª it. 22 The LORDº shall smiteºª thee with a consumption,º and with a fever,º and with an inflammation,º and with an extreme burning,º and with the sword,º and with blasting,º and with mildew;º and they shall pursueºª thee until² thou perish.ºª 23 And thy heavenº that² [is] over² thy headº shall be² brass,º and the earthº that² is under² thee [shall be] iron.º 24 The LORDº shall makeºª² the rainº of thy landº powderº and dust:º from² heavenº shall it come downºª upon² thee, until² thou be destroyed.ºª 25 The LORDº shall causeºª thee to be smittenºª beforeº thine enemies:ºª thou shalt go outºª oneº wayº against² them, and fleeºª sevenº waysº beforeº them: and shalt be² removedº into all² the kingdomsº of the earth.º 26 And thy carcaseº shall be² meatº unto all² fowlsº of the air,º and unto the beastsº of the earth,º and no man² shall fray [them] away.ºª 27 The LORDº will smiteºª thee with the botchº of Egypt,º and with the emerods,ºª¹ and with the scab,º and with the itch,º whereof² thou canstºª not² be healed.ºª 28 The LORDº shall smiteºª thee with madness,º and blindness,º and astonishmentº of heart:º 29 And thou shalt² gropeºª at noonday,º as² the blindº gropethºª in darkness,º and thou shalt not² prosperºª² in thy ways:º and thou shalt be² only² oppressedºª and spoiledºª evermore,º² and no man² shall saveºª [thee]. 30 Thou shalt betrothºª a wife,º and anotherº manº shall lieª¹ª¹ with² her: thou shalt buildºª an house,º and thou shalt not² dwellºª therein: thou shalt plantºª a vineyard,º and shalt not² gather the grapesºª thereof. 31 Thine oxº [shall be] slainºª before thine eyes,º and thou shalt not² eatºª thereof:² thine assº [shall be] violently taken awayºª from before thy face,º² and shall not² be restoredºª to thee: thy sheepº [shall be] givenºª unto thine enemies,