Blessings for Obedience
1“And #[Ex. 15:26; 23:22; Lev. 26:3; Isa. 55:2] if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you #ch. 26:19high above all the nations of the earth. 2And all these blessings shall come upon you and #ver. 15; Zech. 1:6overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. 3Blessed shall you be in the city, and #[Gen. 39:5]blessed shall you be in the field. 4Blessed shall be #ch. 7:13; 30:9; [Gen. 49:25; Ex. 23:26]the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. 5Blessed shall be your basket and your #ver. 17; [Ex. 8:3; 12:34]kneading bowl. 6Blessed shall you be #Ps. 121:8when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7“The Lord #Ex. 23:22, 27; Lev. 26:7, 8; [ver. 25]; See 2 Sam. 22:38-41; Ps. 18:37-40will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8The Lord #Lev. 25:21; Ps. 133:3 will command the blessing on you in your barns and #See ch. 12:7 in all that you undertake. #ch. 15:4And he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 9#ch. 7:6; 26:18, 19; 29:13; See Ex. 19:5, 6The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. 10And #[Isa. 61:9] all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are #See Num. 6:27 called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be #ch. 2:25; 11:25afraid of you. 11And #ch. 30:9 the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in #[See ver. 4 above]the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, #ch. 11:14; Lev. 26:4 to give the rain to your land in its season and #ch. 14:29 to bless all the work of your hands. And #ch. 15:6; [ver. 44; Ps. 37:26]you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13And the Lord will make you #Isa. 9:14, 15; 19:15the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, 14#See ch. 5:32and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Curses for Disobedience
15“But #Lev. 26:14; Lam. 2:17; Dan. 9:11, 13; Mal. 2:2 if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and #ver. 2overtake you. 16Cursed shall you be #[ver. 3-6]in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. 17Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 18Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. 19Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
20“The Lord #Mal. 2:2 will send on you curses, confusion, and #Ps. 80:16; Isa. 30:17; 51:20; 66:15 frustration in all that you undertake to do, #Josh. 23:16until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me. 21The Lord will make #See Lev. 26:25the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 22#Lev. 26:16 The Lord will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation and fiery heat, and with drought#28:22 Or sword and with #1 Kgs. 8:37; 2 Chr. 6:28; Amos 4:9; Hag. 2:17blight and with mildew. They shall pursue you until you perish. 23And #Lev. 26:19the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron. 24The Lord will make the rain of your land powder. From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
25 # ch. 32:30; Lev. 26:17, 37; Isa. 30:17; [ver. 7] “The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you #Ezek. 23:46shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26And #[1 Sam. 17:44, 46; Ps. 79:2; Jer. 16:4; 19:7; 34:20] your dead body shall be food for all birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth, and #Jer. 7:33there shall be no one to frighten them away. 27The Lord will strike you #[ver. 35] with the boils of Egypt, and with tumors and #Lev. 21:20; 22:22scabs and itch, of which you cannot be healed. 28The Lord will strike you with #[ver. 34; Zech. 12:4]madness and blindness and confusion of mind, 29and you shall #Job 5:14; Isa. 59:10grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways.#28:29 Or shall not succeed in finding your ways And you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you. 30#ch. 20:5-7; Jer. 8:10 You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall ravish her. #Amos 5:11; Zeph. 1:13 You shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it. #ch. 20:6; Lev. 19:23-25; [Mic. 6:15]You shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not enjoy its fruit. 31Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat any of it. Your donkey shall be seized before your face, but shall not be restored to you. Your sheep shall be given to your enemies, but there shall be no one to help you. 32#[2 Chr. 29:9; Joel 3:6] Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, #Neh. 5:5but you shall be helpless. 33A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually, 34so that you are driven mad #ver. 67by the sights that your eyes see. 35The Lord will strike you on the knees and on the legs #[ver. 27]with grievous boils of which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.
36“The Lord will #2 Kgs. 17:4, 6; 24:12, 14; 25:7, 11; 2 Chr. 33:11; 36:6, 20 bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you #Jer. 9:16; 16:13 nor your fathers have known. And #ver. 64; ch. 4:28there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone. 37And you shall become #1 Kgs. 9:7, 8; 2 Chr. 7:20; Jer. 24:9; 25:9; [Ezek. 14:8]a horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the Lord will lead you away. 38#Mic. 6:15; Hag. 1:6 You shall carry much seed into the field and shall gather in little, for #Joel 1:4; 2:25the locust shall consume it. 39#Zeph. 1:13You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them. 40You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you #Mic. 6:15shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off. 41You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours, for #Lam. 1:5they shall go into captivity. 42#[See ver. 38 above]The cricket#28:42 Identity uncertain shall possess all your trees and the fruit of your ground. 43#[ver. 13]The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. 44#[ver. 12] He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. #[See ver. 43 above]He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
45 # ver. 15 “All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that he commanded you. 46They shall be #[Isa. 8:18]a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever. 47#Neh. 9:35-37Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, 48therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he #Jer. 28:14will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you. 49#[Jer. 5:15-17; 6:22, 23]; See Isa. 5:26-30 The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the end of the earth, #Jer. 48:40; 49:22; Lam. 4:19; Hos. 8:1; Hab. 1:8; [Ezek. 17:3, 12] swooping down like the eagle, a nation #Isa. 28:11; 33:19; Jer. 5:15whose language you do not understand, 50a hard-faced nation #[2 Chr. 36:17; Isa. 47:6]who shall not respect the old or show mercy to the young. 51It shall #ver. 33; Jer. 5:17; [Isa. 62:8, 9]eat the offspring of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; it also shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, the increase of your herds or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.
52“They shall #[2 Kgs. 17:5; 25:1, 2, 4]besiege you in all your towns, until your high and fortified walls, in which you trusted, come down throughout all your land. And they shall besiege you in all your towns throughout all your land, which the Lord your God has given you. 53And #ver. 57; Lev. 26:29; Jer. 19:9; Ezek. 5:10; [2 Kgs. 6:28, 29; Lam. 2:20; 4:10] you shall eat the fruit of your womb, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom the Lord your God has given you, #ver. 55, 57in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you. 54The man who is the most tender and refined among you will #See ch. 15:9 begrudge food to his brother, to #ch. 13:6the wife he embraces,#28:54 Hebrew the wife of his bosom and to the last of the children whom he has left, 55so that he will not give to any of them any of the flesh of his children whom he is eating, because he has nothing else left, #ver. 53in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your towns. 56#ver. 54; Isa. 47:1The most tender and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because she is so delicate and tender, will begrudge to the husband she embraces,#28:56 Hebrew the husband of her bosom to her son and to her daughter, 57her afterbirth that comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears, because lacking everything she will eat them secretly, #[See ver. 55 above]in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your towns.
58“If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, #Ex. 6:3the Lord your God, 59then the Lord will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting. 60And he will bring upon you again all #See ch. 7:15the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 61Every sickness also and every affliction that is not recorded in the book of this law, the Lord will bring upon you, until you are destroyed. 62Whereas #ch. 4:27; [2 Kgs. 24:14; Neh. 7:4; Jer. 42:2] you were as numerous #See ch. 10:22as the stars of heaven, you shall be left few in number, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God. 63And as the Lord #ch. 30:9; Jer. 32:41; Zeph. 3:17 took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the Lord will #[Prov. 1:26; Isa. 1:24; Ezek. 5:13]take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.
64“And the Lord #See Lev. 26:33 will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and #ver. 36 there you shall serve other gods #ch. 4:28 of wood and stone, #ch. 13:6; Jer. 19:4; 44:3which neither you nor your fathers have known. 65And #[Amos 9:4] among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but #[Lev. 26:36] the Lord will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and #Lev. 26:16a languishing soul. 66Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life. 67#Job 7:3, 4 In the morning you shall say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and at evening you shall say, ‘If only it were morning!’ because of the dread that your heart shall feel, and #ver. 34the sights that your eyes shall see. 68And the Lord #Hos. 8:13; 9:3; [Jer. 43:7] will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that #See ch. 17:16you should never make again; and there you shall offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer.”