When you have crossed the Jordan

When you have crossed the Jordan

into the land the Lord your God is giving you,

set up some large stones and plaister them with plaster.

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Write on them all the words

of this law when you have crossed

over to enter the land the Lord

your God is giving you,

a land flowing with milk and honey,

just as the Lord, the God

of your ancestors, promised you.

And when you have

crossed the Jordan,

set up these stones

on Mount Ebal,

as I command you today,

and plaister them with plaster.

Build there an altar to the Lord

your God, an altar of stones.

Do not use any iron tool on them.

Build the altar of the Lord

your God with fieldstones

and offer burnt offerings

on it to the Lord your God.

Sacrifice fellowship

offerings there, eating them

and rejoicing in the presence

of the Lord your God.

And you shall write very clearly

all the words of this law

on these stones you have set up.

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Be silent, People, and listen!

You have now become

the people of the Lord your God.

Obey the Lord your God and follow

his commands and decrees

that I give you today.

Cursed is anyone who

makes an idol - a thing

detestable to the Lord,

the work of skilled hands

and sets it up in secret.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who dishonors

their father or mother.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who moves

their neighbor’s boundary stone.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who leads

the blind astray on the road.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who withholds

justice from the foreigner,

the fatherless or the widow.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who has

sexual relations with any animal.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who sleeps

with his sister, the daughter

of his father or the daughter

of his mother.

Then all the people

say: So be it!

Cursed is he who takes

his neighbour's life secretly.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who accepts

a bribe to kill an innocent person.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

Cursed is anyone who does

not uphold the words of this law

by carrying them out.

Then all the people

shall say: So be it!

If you fully obey the Lord your God

and in precision follow all

his commands I give you today,

the Lord your God will set you

high above all the nations on Earth.

All these blessings will come

on you and accompany you

if you obey the Lord your God:

A blessing will be

on you in the town,

and a blessing in the field.

The fruit of your womb

will be blessed, and the crops

of your land and the young

of your livestock the calves

of your herds and

the lambs of your flocks.

You will be blessed

when you come in

and blessed

when you go out.

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By the power of the Lord,

those who take arms against you

will be overcome before you:

they will come out

against you one way,

and will go in flight

from you seven ways!

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The Lord will send a blessing

on your barns and on everything

you put your hand to.

The Lord your God will bless

you in the land he is giving you.

The Lord will establish you

as his holy people,

as he promised you on oath,

if you keep the commands

of the Lord your God

and walk in obedience to him.

Then all the peoples on Earth

will see that you are called

by the name of the Lord,

and they will fear you.

The Lord will open the heavens,

the storehouse of his bounty,

to send rain on your land in

season and to bless

all the work of your hands.

You will lend to many nations

but will borrow from none.

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The Lord will make you the head,

not the tail. If you pay attention

to the commands of the Lord

your God that I give you this day

and in precision follow them,

you will always be at the top,

never at the bottom.

Do not turn aside from any

of the commands I give you today,

to the right or to the left,

following other gods

and serving them.

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However, if you do not obey

the Lord your God and

do not in precision follow

all his commands and decrees

I am giving you today,

all these curses will come

on you and overtake you:

You will be cursed

when you come in

and cursed

when you go out.

The Lord will send on you cursing

and trouble and punishment

in everything to which you put

your hand, till sudden destruction

overtakes you; because of your

evil ways in which

you have been false to Me.

The Lord will send disease

after disease on you, till you have

been cut off by death from

the land to which you are going.

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The Lord will strike you

with wasting disease,

with fever and inflammation,

with scorching heat and drought,

with blight and mildew,

which will plague you

until you perish.

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The sky over your head

will be red-hot copper,

the ground beneath

you severy iron.

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The Lord will turn the rain of your

country into dust and powder,

it will come down from the skies

until you are destroyed.

The Lord will let you be overcome

by your haters: you will go out

against them one way,

and you will go in flight

before them seven ways:

you will be the cause of fear

among all the kingdoms

of the Earth.

He will make your minds diseased,

and your eyes blind,

and your hearts wasted with fear:

You will go feeling your way

when the sun is high, like

a blind man for whom all is dark,

and nothing will go well for you:

you will be crushed and

made poor for ever,

and you will have no saviour.

Your sons and your daughters

will be given to another people,

and your eyes will be wasted

away with looking and weeping

for them all the day: and you

will have no power to do anything.

The fruit of your land and

all the work of your hands

will be food for a nation

which is strange to you

and to your fathers,

you will only be crushed

down and kept under for ever:

So that the things which

your eyes have to see

will send you out of your minds.

And you, and the king whom

you have put over you,

will the Lord take away to a nation

strange to you and to your fathers,

there you will be servants

to other gods of wood and stone.

End you will become a wonder

and a name of shame among

all the nations where

the Lord will take you.

You will have sons and daughters,

but they will not be yours,

for they will go away

prisoners into a strange land.

The man from a strange land

who is living among you

will be lifted up higher

and higher over you,

while you go down

lower and lower.

He will let you have his wealth

at interest, and will have no need

of yours: he will be

the head and you the tail.

And all these curses will come

after you and overtake you,

till your destruction is complete,

because you did not give ear

to the voice of the Lord your God,

or keep his laws and

his orders which he gave you:

Because you did not give

honour to the Lord your God,

worshipping him gladly,

with joy in your hearts

on account of all your

wealth of good things;

If you will not take care to do

all the words of this law,

recorded in this book,

honouring that name of glory

and of fear, the Lord your God;

And you will become

a very small band, though

your numbers were like

the stars of heaven,

because you did not give ear

to the voice of the Lord your God.

And as the Lord took delight in

doing you good and increasing you,

so the Lord will take pleasure

in cutting you off and

causing your destruction,

and you will be uprooted from

the land which you are

about to take as your heritage.