Bible: Deut 27:11-28:14

27:11 Moreover, Moses commanded the people that day: 27:12 The following tribes 1  must stand to bless the people on Mount Gerizim when you cross the Jordan: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. 27:13 And these other tribes must stand for the curse on Mount Ebal: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

The Covenant Curses

27:14The Levites will call out to every Israelite 2  with a loud voice: 27:15 Cursed is the one 3  who makes a carved or metal image – something abhorrent 4  to the Lord, the work of the craftsman 5 and sets it up in a secret place.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 6  27:16 Cursed 7  is the one who disrespects 8  his father and mother.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:17 Cursed is the one who moves his neighbor’s boundary marker.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:18 Cursed is the one who misleads a blind person on the road.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:19 Cursed is the one who perverts justice for the resident foreigner, the orphan, and the widow.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:20 Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with 9  his father’s former wife, 10  for he dishonors his father.’ 11  Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:21 Cursed is the one who commits bestiality.’ 12  Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:22 Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with his sister, the daughter of either his father or mother.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:23 Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with his mother-in-law.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:24 Cursed is the one who kills 13  his neighbor in private.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:25 Cursed is the one who takes a bribe to kill an innocent person.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’ 27:26 Cursed is the one who refuses to keep the words of this law.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’

The Covenant Blessings

28:1If you indeed 14  obey the Lord your God and are careful to observe all his commandments I am giving 15  you today, the Lord your God will elevate you above all the nations of the earth. 28:2 All these blessings will come to you in abundance 16  if you obey the Lord your God: 28:3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. 17  28:4 Your children 18  will be blessed, as well as the produce of your soil, the offspring of your livestock, the calves of your herds, and the lambs of your flocks. 28:5 Your basket and your mixing bowl will be blessed. 28:6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 19  28:7 The Lord will cause your enemies who attack 20  you to be struck down before you; they will attack you from one direction 21  but flee from you in seven different directions. 28:8 The Lord will decree blessing for you with respect to your barns and in everything you do – yes, he will bless you in the land he 22  is giving you. 28:9 The Lord will designate you as his holy people just as he promised you, if you keep his commandments 23  and obey him. 24  28:10 Then all the peoples of the earth will see that you belong to the Lord, 25  and they will respect you. 28:11 The Lord will greatly multiply your children, 26  the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil in the land which he 27  promised your ancestors 28  he would give you. 28:12 The Lord will open for you his good treasure house, the heavens, to give you rain for the land in its season and to bless all you do; 29  you will lend to many nations but you will not borrow from any. 28:13 The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always end up at the top and not at the bottom, if you obey his 30  commandments which I am urging 31  you today to be careful to do. 28:14 But you must not turn away from all the commandments I am giving 32  you today, to either the right or left, nor pursue other gods and worship 33  them.

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