Bible: Lev 26:12-45

26:12 I will walk among you, and I will be your God and you will be my people. 26:13 I am the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, from being their slaves, 1  and I broke the bars of your yoke and caused you to walk upright. 2 

The Consequences of Disobedience

26:14‘If, however, 3  you do not obey me and keep 4  all these commandments 26:15 if you reject my statutes and abhor my regulations so that you do not keep 5  all my commandments and you break my covenant 26:16 I for my part 6  will do this to you: I will inflict horror on you, consumption and fever, which diminish eyesight and drain away the vitality of life. 7  You will sow your seed in vain because 8  your enemies will eat it. 9  26:17 I will set my face against you. You will be struck down before your enemies, those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when there is no one pursuing you.

26:18‘If, in spite of all these things, 10  you do not obey me, I will discipline you seven times more on account of your sins. 11  26:19 I will break your strong pride and make your sky like iron and your land like bronze. 26:20 Your strength will be used up in vain, your land will not give its yield, and the trees of the land 12  will not produce their fruit.

26:21‘If you walk in hostility against me 13  and are not willing to obey me, I will increase your affliction 14  seven times according to your sins. 26:22 I will send the wild animals 15  against you and they will bereave you of your children, 16  annihilate your cattle, and diminish your population 17  so that your roads will become deserted.

26:23‘If in spite of these things 18  you do not allow yourselves to be disciplined and you walk in hostility against me, 19  26:24 I myself will also walk in hostility against you and strike you 20  seven times on account of your sins. 26:25 I will bring on you an avenging sword, a covenant vengeance. 21  Although 22  you will gather together into your cities, I will send pestilence among you and you will be given into enemy hands. 23  26:26 When I break off your supply of bread, 24  ten women will bake your bread in one oven; they will ration your bread by weight, 25  and you will eat and not be satisfied.

26:27‘If in spite of this 26  you do not obey me but walk in hostility against me, 27  26:28 I will walk in hostile rage against you 28  and I myself will also discipline you seven times on account of your sins. 26:29 You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters. 29  26:30 I will destroy your high places and cut down your incense altars, 30  and I will stack your dead bodies on top of the lifeless bodies of your idols. 31  I will abhor you. 32  26:31 I will lay your cities waste 33  and make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will refuse to smell your soothing aromas. 26:32 I myself will make the land desolate and your enemies who live in it will be appalled. 26:33 I will scatter you among the nations and unsheathe the sword 34  after you, so your land will become desolate and your cities will become a waste.

26:34‘Then the land will make up for 35  its Sabbaths all the days it lies desolate while you are in the land of your enemies; then the land will rest and make up its Sabbaths. 26:35 All the days of the desolation it will have the rest it did not have 36  on your Sabbaths when you lived on it.

26:36‘As for 37  the ones who remain among you, I will bring despair into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. The sound of a blowing leaf will pursue them, and they will flee as one who flees the sword and fall down even though there is no pursuer. 26:37 They will stumble over each other as those who flee before a sword, though 38  there is no pursuer, and there will be no one to take a stand 39  for you before your enemies. 26:38 You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will consume you.

Restoration through Confession and Repentance

26:39‘As for the ones who remain among you, they will rot away because of 40  their iniquity in the lands of your enemies, and they will also rot away because of their ancestors 41  iniquities which are with them. 26:40 However, when 42  they confess their iniquity and their ancestorsiniquity which they committed by trespassing against me, 43  by which they also walked 44  in hostility against me 45  26:41 (and I myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them into the land of their enemies), and 46  then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for 47  their iniquity, 26:42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and also my covenant with Isaac and also my covenant with Abraham, 48  and I will remember the land. 26:43 The land will be abandoned by them 49  in order that it may make up for 50  its Sabbaths while it is made desolate 51  without them, 52  and they will make up for their iniquity because 53  they have rejected my regulations and have abhorred 54  my statutes. 26:44 In spite of this, however, when they are in the land of their enemies I will not reject them and abhor them to make a complete end of them, to break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. 26:45 I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors 55  whom I brought out from the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord.’

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