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The Law Inscribed on Stones
1Now Moses, with the elders of Israel, commanded the people, saying: “Keep all the commandments which I command you today. 2And it shall be, on the day #Josh. 4:1when you cross over the Jordan to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, that #Josh. 8:32you shall set up for yourselves large stones, and whitewash them with lime. 3You shall write on them all the words of this law, when you have crossed over, that you may enter the land which the Lord your God is giving you, #Ex. 3:8‘a land flowing with milk and honey,’ just as the Lord God of your fathers promised you. 4Therefore it shall be, when you have crossed over the Jordan, that #Deut. 11:29Josh. 8:3031on Mount Ebal you shall set up these stones, which I command you today, and you shall whitewash them with lime. 5And there you shall build an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones; #Ex. 20:25Josh. 8:31you shall not use an iron tool on them. 6You shall build with whole stones the altar of the Lord your God, and offer burnt offerings on it to the Lord your God. 7You shall offer peace offerings, and shall eat there, and #Deut. 26:11rejoice before the Lord your God. 8And you shall #Josh. 8:32write very plainly on the stones all the words of this law.”
9Then Moses and the priests, the Levites, spoke to all Israel, saying, “Take heed and listen, O Israel: #Deut. 26:18This day you have become the people of the Lord your God. 10Therefore you shall obey the voice of the Lord your God, and observe His commandments and His statutes which I command you today.”
Curses Pronounced from Mount Ebal
11And Moses commanded the people on the same day, saying, 12“These shall stand #Deut. 11:29Josh. 8:33Judg. 9:7on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you have crossed over the Jordan: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin; 13and #Deut. 11:29Josh. 8:33these shall stand on Mount Ebal to curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
14“And #Deut. 33:10Josh. 8:33Dan. 9:11the Levites shall speak with a loud voice and say to all the men of Israel: 15#Ex. 20:423Ex 34:17Lev. 19:4Le 26:1Deut. 4:1623Is. 44:9Hos. 13:2‘Cursed is the one who makes a carved or molded image, an abomination to the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’
#Num. 5:22Jer. 11:51 Cor. 14:16“And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen!’
16#Ex. 20:12Lev. 19:3Le 20:9Deut. 5:16De 21:18–21Ezek. 22:7‘Cursed is the one who treats his father or his mother with contempt.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
17#Deut. 19:14Prov. 22:28‘Cursed is the one who moves his neighbor’s landmark.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
18#Lev. 19:14‘Cursed is the one who makes the blind to wander off the road.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
19#Ex. 22:2122Ex 23:9Lev. 19:33Deut. 10:18De 24:17‘Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
20#Lev. 18:8Le 20:11Deut. 22:301 Cor. 5:1‘Cursed is the one who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered his father’s bed.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
21#Ex. 22:19Lev. 18:23Le 20:1516‘Cursed is the one who lies with any kind of animal.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
22#Lev. 18:9‘Cursed is the one who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
23#Lev. 18:17Le 20:14‘Cursed is the one who lies with his mother-in-law.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
24#Ex. 20:13Ex 21:12Lev. 24:17Num. 35:3031‘Cursed is the one who attacks his neighbor secretly.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
25#Ex. 23:7Ps. 15:5Ezek. 22:12‘Cursed is the one who takes a bribe to slay an innocent person.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
26#Ps. 119:21Jer. 11:3Gal. 3:10‘Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them.’
“And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’
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