The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 28:15–46

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15  But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of YHWH thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.

15  But if you are not willing to listen to the voice of the Lord your God, so as to keep and do all his commandments and ceremonies, which I instruct to you this day, all these curses shall come to you, and take hold of you.

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16  Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.

16  Cursed shall you be in the city, cursed in the field.

17  Cursed shall be thy basket and thy kneading-trough.

17  Cursed shall be your barn, and cursed your storehouses.

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18  Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the young of thy flock.

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19  Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

19  Cursed shall you be entering, and cursed departing.

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20  YHWH will send upon thee cursing, discomfiture, and rebuke, in all that thou puttest thy hand unto to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the evil of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken Me.

20  The Lord send upon thee want, and famine, and consumption of all things on which thou shalt put thy hand, until he shall have utterly destroyed thee, and until he shall have consumed thee quickly because of thine evil devices, because thou hast forsaken me.

20  The Lord will send famine and hunger upon you, and a rebuke upon all the works that you do, until he quickly crushes and perishes you, because of your very wicked innovations, by which you have forsaken me.

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21  YHWH will make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until He have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest in to possess it.

21  May the Lord join a pestilence to you, until he consumes you from the land, which you shall enter so as to possess.

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22  YHWH will smite thee with consumption, and with fever, and with inflammation, and with fiery heat, and with drought, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

22  The Lord smite thee with distress, and fever, and cold, and inflammation, and blighting, and paleness, and they shall pursue thee until they have destroyed thee.

22  May the Lord strike you with destitution, with fever and cold, with burning and heat, and with polluted air and rot, and may he pursue you until you perish.

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23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

23  May the heavens which are above you be of brass, and may the ground upon which you tread be of iron.

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24  YHWH will make the rain of thy land powder and dust; from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

24  The Lord thy God make the rain of thy land dust; and dust shall come down from heaven, until it shall have destroyed thee, and until it shall have quickly consumed thee.

24  May the Lord give you dust instead of rain upon your land, and may ashes descend from heaven over you, until you have been wiped away.

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25  YHWH will cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies; thou shalt go out one way against them, and shalt flee seven ways before them; and thou shalt be a horror unto all the kingdoms of the earth.

25  May the Lord hand you over to fall before your enemies. May you go forth against them by one way, and flee by seven ways, and may you be scattered across all the kingdoms of the earth.

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26  And thy carcasses shall be food unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and there shall be none to frighten them away.

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27  YHWH will smite thee with the boil of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.

27  May the Lord strike you with the ulcer of Egypt, and may he strike the part of your body, through which the dung goes out, with disease as well as itch, so much so that you are unable to be cured.

27  The LORD will smite you with the boils of Egypt and with hemorrhoids and with leprosy and with the itch, and thereof you cannot be healed.

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28  YHWH will smite thee with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart.

28  The Lord smite thee with insanity, and blindness, and astonishment of mind.

28  May the Lord strike you with frenzy and blindness and a madness of the mind.

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29  And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not make thy ways prosperous; and thou shalt be only oppressed and robbed alway, and there shall be none to save thee.

29  And may you grope at midday, just as a blind man is accustomed to grope in darkness, and may your paths not be straight. And at all times may you suffer slander and be oppressed with violence, and may you have no one who may free you.

29  And you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways; and you shall be carried away violently, and oppressed and wronged all your days, and no man shall save you.

30  Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her; thou shalt build a house, and thou shalt not dwell therein; thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not use the fruit thereof.

30  May you take a wife, though another sleeps with her. May you build a house, but not live within it. May you plant a vineyard, and not gather its vintage.

30  You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall take her; you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, and you shall not press grapes of it.

31  Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof; thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee; thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies; and thou shalt have none to save thee.

31  May your ox be immolated before you, though you do not eat from it. May your donkey be seized in your sight, and not restored to you. May your sheep be given to your enemies, and may there be no one who may help you.

31  Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, and you shall not eat of it; your ass shall be violently taken away from you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have none to rescue them.

32  Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day; and there shall be nought in the power of thy hand.

32  May your sons and your daughters be handed over to another people, as your eyes watch and languish at the sight of them throughout the day, and may there be no strength in your hand.

32  Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look on, and you shall grieve over them all the day long; and there shall be no might in your hand to do anything.

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33  The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed away

33  May a people you do not know eat the fruits of your land and of all your labors. And may you continually suffer from slander and oppression every day.

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34  so that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

34  And may you be stupefied at the terror of the things your eyes will see.

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35  YHWH will smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore boil, whereof thou canst not be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the crown of thy head.

35  May the Lord strike you with a very grievous ulcer in the knees and in the legs, and may you be unable to attain health, from the sole of the foot to the top of the head.

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36  YHWH will bring thee, and thy king whom thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation that thou hast not known, thou nor thy fathers; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.

36  May the Lord lead you and your king, whom you will have appointed over yourself, into a nation which you and your fathers have not known. And there you will serve foreign gods, of wood and of stone.

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37  And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the peoples whither YHWH shall lead thee away.

37  And you will become nothing but a proverb and a fable to all the peoples to whom the Lord will lead you.

37  And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations where the LORD your God shall drive you.

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38  Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.

38  You will sow much seed upon the ground, but you will harvest little. For the locusts will devour everything.

38  You shall carry much seed into your field, and you shall gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

39  Thou shalt plant vineyards and dress them, but thou shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worm shall eat them.

39  You will dig and plant a vineyard, but you will not drink the wine, nor gather anything at all from it. For it will be devastated by worms.

39  You shall plant a vineyard and dress it, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, because the worms shall eat it.

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40  Thou shalt have olive-trees throughout all thy borders, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olives shall drop off.

40  You will have olive trees in all your borders, but you will not be anointed with the oil. For the olives will fall off and perish.

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41  Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be thine; for they shall go into captivity.

41  You will conceive sons and daughters, and you will not enjoy them. For they will be led into captivity.

41  You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not remain yours; for they shall go into captivity.

42  All thy trees and the fruit of thy land shall the locust possess.

42  Rot will consume all the trees, as well as the fruits of your land.

42  All your trees and fruits of your land shall the locust consume.

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43  The stranger that is in the midst of thee shall mount up above thee higher and higher; and thou shalt come down lower and lower.

43  The new arrival who lives with you in the land will ascend over you, and be higher. But you will descend, and be lower.

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44  He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him; he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.

44  He will lend to you, and you will not lend to him. He will be as the head, and you will be as the tail.

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45  And all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou didst not hearken unto the voice of YHWH thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee.

45  And all these curses shall come to you, and shall pursue you, and shall take hold of you, until you pass away, because you would not listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and you would not serve his commandments and ceremonies, which he has instructed to you.

45  Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and shall pursue you and overtake you, until you are destroyed; because you did not hearken to the voice of the LORD your God, and did not keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you;

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46  And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever;

46  And these things shall be signs in thee, and wonders among thy seed for ever;

46  And there will be the signs and portents with you, and with your offspring, forever.