Deuteronomy 28-29 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Blessings of Obedience

28 1  'And it hath been, if thou dost hearken diligently to the voice of Jehovah thy God, to observe to do all His commands which I am commanding thee to-day, that Jehovah thy God hath made thee uppermost above all the nations of the earth, 2  and all these blessings have come upon thee, and overtaken thee, because thou dost hearken to the voice of Jehovah thy God: 3  'Blessed 'art' thou in the city, and blessed 'art' thou in the field. 4  'Blessed 'is' the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, increase of thine oxen, and wealth of thy flock. 5  'Blessed 'is' thy basket and thy kneading-trough. 6  'Blessed 'art' thou in thy coming in, and blessed 'art' thou in thy going out. 7  'Jehovah giveth thine enemies, who are rising up against thee—smitten before thy face; in one way they come out unto thee, and in seven ways they flee before thee. 8  'Jehovah commandeth with thee the blessing in thy storehouses, and in every putting forth of thy hand, and hath blessed thee in the land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee. 9  'Jehovah doth establish thee to Himself for a holy people, as He hath sworn to thee, when thou keepest the commands of Jehovah thy God, and hast walked in His ways; 10  and all the peoples of the land have seen that the name of Jehovah is called upon thee, and they have been afraid of thee. 11  'And Jehovah hath made thee abundant in good, in the fruit of the womb, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, on the ground which Jehovah hath sworn to thy fathers to give to thee. 12  'Jehovah doth open to thee his good treasure—the heavens—to give the rain of thy land in its season, and to bless all the work of thy hand, and thou hast lent to many nations, and thou—thou dost not borrow. 13  'And Jehovah hath given thee for head, and not for tail; and thou hast been only above, and art not beneath, for thou dost hearken unto the commands of Jehovah thy God, which I am commanding thee to-day, to keep and to do, 14  and thou dost not turn aside from all the words which I am commanding you to-day—right or left—to go after other gods, to serve them.

The Consequences of Disobedience

15  'And it hath been, if thou dost not hearken unto the voice of Jehovah thy God to observe to do all His commands, and His statutes, which I am commanding thee to-day, that all these revilings have come upon thee, and overtaken thee: 16  'Cursed 'art' thou in the city, and cursed 'art' thou in the field. 17  'Cursed 'is' thy basket and thy kneading-trough. 18  'Cursed 'is' the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, increase of thine oxen, and wealth of thy flock. 19  'Cursed 'art' thou in thy coming in, and cursed 'art' thou in thy going out. 20  'Jehovah doth send on thee the curse, the trouble, and the rebuke, in every putting forth of thy hand which thou dost, till thou art destroyed, and till thou perish hastily, because of the evil of thy doings 'by' which thou hast forsaken Me. 21  'Jehovah doth cause to cleave to thee the pestilence, till He consume thee from off the ground whither thou art going in to possess it. 22  'Jehovah doth smite thee with consumption, and with fever, and with inflammation, and with extreme burning, and with sword, and with blasting, and with mildew, and they have pursued thee till thou perish 23  'And thy heavens which 'are' over thy head have been brass, and the earth which 'is' under thee iron; 24  Jehovah giveth the rain of thy land—dust and ashes; from the heavens it cometh down on thee till thou art destroyed. 25  'Jehovah giveth thee smitten before thine enemies; in one way thou goest out unto them, and in seven ways dost flee before them, and thou hast been for a trembling to all kingdoms of the earth; 26  and thy carcase hath been for food to every fowl of the heavens, and to the beast of the earth, and there is none causing trembling. 27  'Jehovah doth smite thee with the ulcer of Egypt, and with emerods, and with scurvy, and with itch, of which thou art not able to be healed. 28  'Jehovah doth smite thee with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart; 29  and thou hast been gropling at noon, as the blind gropeth in darkness; and thou dost not cause thy ways to prosper; and thou hast been only oppressed and plundered all the days, and there is no saviour. 30  'A woman thou dost betroth, and another man doth lie with her; a house thou dost build, and dost not dwell in it; a vineyard thou dost plant, and dost not make it common; 31  thine ox 'is' slaughtered before thine eyes, and thou dost not eat of it; thine ass 'is' taken violently away from before thee, and it is not given back to thee; thy sheep 'are' given to thine enemies, and there is no saviour for thee. 32  'Thy sons and thy daughters 'are' given to another people, and thine eyes are looking and consuming for them all the day, and thy hand is not to God! 33  The fruit of thy ground, and all thy labour, eat up doth a people whom thou hast not known; and thou hast been only oppressed and bruised all the days; 34  and thou hast been mad, because of the sight of thine eyes which thou dost see. 35  'Jehovah doth smite thee with an evil ulcer, on the knees, and on the legs (of which thou art not able to be healed), from the sole of thy foot even unto thy crown. 36  'Jehovah doth cause thee to go, and thy king whom thou raisest up over thee, unto a nation which thou hast not known, thou and thy fathers, and thou hast served there other gods, wood and stone; 37  and thou hast been for an astonishment, for a simile, and for a byword among all the peoples whither Jehovah doth lead thee. 38  'Much seed thou dost take out into the field, and little thou dost gather in, for the locust doth consume it; 39  vineyards thou dost plant, and hast laboured, and wine thou dost not drink nor gather, for the worm doth consume it; 40  olives are to thee in all thy border, and oil thou dost not pour out, for thine olive doth fall off. 41  'Sons and daughters thou dost beget, and they are not with thee, for they go into captivity; 42  all thy trees and the fruit of thy ground doth the locust possess; 43  the sojourner who 'is' in thy midst goeth up above thee very high, and thou goest down very low; 44  he doth lend 'to' thee, and thou dost not lend 'to' him; he is for head, and thou art for tail.

45  'And come upon thee have all these curses, and they have pursued thee, and overtaken thee, till thou art destroyed, because thou hast not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah thy God, to keep His commands, and His statutes, which he hath commanded thee; 46  and they have been on thee for a sign and for a wonder, also on thy seed—to the age. 47  'Because that thou hast not served Jehovah thy God with joy, and with gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things— 48  thou hast served thine enemies, whom Jehovah sendeth against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in lack of all things; and he hath put a yoke of iron on thy neck, till He hath destroyed thee. 49  'Jehovah doth lift up against thee a nation, from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle it flieth; a nation whose tongue thou hast not heard, 50  a nation—fierce of countenance—which accepteth not the face of the aged, and the young doth not favour; 51  and it hath eaten the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy ground, till thou art destroyed; which leaveth not to thee corn, new wine, and oil, increase of thine oxen, and wealth of thy flock, till it hath destroyed thee. 52  'And it hath laid siege to thee in all thy gates, till thy walls come down, the high and the fenced ones in which thou art trusting, in all thy land; yea, it hath laid siege to thee in all thy gates, in all thy land, which Jehovah thy God hath given to thee; 53  and thou hast eaten the fruit of thy body, flesh of thy sons and thy daughters (whom Jehovah thy God hath given to thee), in the siege, and in the straitness with which thine enemies do straiten thee. 54  'The man who is tender in thee, and who 'is' very delicate—his eye is evil against his brother, and against the wife of his bosom, and against the remnant of his sons whom he leaveth, 55  against giving to one of them of the flesh of his sons whom he eateth, because he hath nothing left to him, in the siege, and in the straitness with which thine enemy doth straiten thee in all thy gates. 56  'The tender woman in thee, and the delicate, who hath not tried the sole of her foot to place on the ground because of delicateness and because of tenderness—her eye is evil against the husband of her bosom, and against her son, and against her daughter, 57  and against her seed which cometh out from between her feet, even against her sons whom she doth bear, for she doth eat them for the lacking of all things in secret, in the siege and in the straitness with which thine enemy doth straiten thee within thy gates. 58  'If thou dost not observe to do all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honoured and fearful name—Jehovah thy God— 59  then hath Jehovah made wonderful thy strokes, and the strokes of thy seed—great strokes, and stedfast, and evil sicknesses, and stedfast. 60  'And He hath brought back on thee all the diseases of Egypt, of the presence of which thou hast been afraid, and they have cleaved to thee; 61  also every sickness and every stroke which is not written in the book of this law; Jehovah doth cause them to go up upon thee till thou art destroyed, 62  and ye have been left with few men, instead of which ye have been as stars of the heavens for multitude, because thou hast not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah thy God. 63  'And it hath been, as Jehovah hath rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so doth Jehovah rejoice over you to destroy you, and to lay you waste; and ye have been pulled away from off the ground whither thou art going in to possess it; 64  and Jehovah hath scattered thee among all the peoples, from the end of the earth even unto the end of the earth; and thou hast served there other gods which thou hast not known, thou and thy fathers—wood and stone. 65  'And among those nations thou dost not rest, yea, there is no resting-place for the sole of thy foot, and Jehovah hath given to thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and grief of soul; 66  and thy life hath been hanging in suspense before thee, and thou hast been afraid by night and by day, and dost not believe in thy life; 67  in the morning thou sayest, O that it were evening! and in the evening thou sayest, O that it were morning! from the fear of thy heart, with which thou art afraid, and from the sight of thine eyes which thou seest. 68  'And Jehovah hath brought thee back to Egypt with ships, by a way of which I said to thee, Thou dost not add any more to see it, and ye have sold yourselves there to thine enemies, for men-servants and for maid-servants, and there is no buyer.'

The LORD's Covenant with Israel in Moab

29 1  These 'are' the words of the covenant which Jehovah hath commanded Moses to make with the sons of Israel in the land of Moab, apart from the covenant which He made with them in Horeb. 2  And Moses calleth unto all Israel, and saith unto them, 'Ye—ye have seen all that which Jehovah hath done before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land; 3  the great trials which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders; 4  and Jehovah hath not given to you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, till this day, 5  and I cause you to go forty years in a wilderness; your garments have not been consumed from off you, and thy shoe hath not worn away from off thy foot; 6  bread ye have not eaten, and wine and strong drink ye have not drunk, so that ye know that I 'am' Jehovah your God. 7  'And ye come in unto this place, and Sihon king of Heshbon—also Og king of Bashan—doth come out to meet us, to battle, and we smite them, 8  and take their land, and give it for an inheritance to the Reubenite, and to the Gadite, and to the half of the tribe of Manasseh; 9  and ye have kept the words of this covenant, and done them, so that ye cause all that ye do to prosper.

10  'Ye are standing to-day, all of you, before Jehovah your God—your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your authorities—every man of Israel; 11  your infants, your wives, and thy sojourner who 'is' in the midst of thy camps, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water— 12  for thy passing over into the covenant of Jehovah thy God, and into His oath which Jehovah thy God is making with thee to-day; 13  in order to establish thee to-day to Him for a people, and He Himself is thy God, as He hath spoken to thee, and as He hath sworn to thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 14  'And not with you alone am I making this covenant and this oath; 15  but with him who is here with us, standing to-day before Jehovah our God, and with him who is not here with us to-day, 16  for ye have known how ye dwelt in the land of Egypt, and how we passed by through the midst of the nations which ye have passed by; 17  and ye see their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which 'are' with them, 18  lest there be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart is turning to-day from Jehovah our God, to go to serve the gods of those nations, lest there be in you a root fruitful of gall and wormwood: 19  'And it hath been, in his hearing the words of this oath, and he hath blessed himself in his heart, saying, I have peace, though in the stubbornness of my heart I go on, in order to end the fulness with the thirst. 20  Jehovah is not willing to be propitious to him, for then doth the anger of Jehovah smoke, also His zeal, against that man, and lain down on him hath all the oath which is written in this book, and Jehovah hath blotted out his name from under the heavens, 21  and Jehovah hath separated him for evil, out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the oaths of the covenant which is written in this book of the law. 22  'And the latter generation of your sons who rise after you, and the stranger who cometh in from a land afar off, have said when they have seen the strokes of that land, and its sicknesses which Jehovah hath sent into it,— 23  ('with' brimstone and salt is the whole land burnt, it is not sown, nor doth it shoot up, nor doth there go up on it any herb, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboim, which Jehovah overturned in His anger, and in His fury,)— 24  yea, all the nations have said, Wherefore hath Jehovah done thus to this land? what the heat of this great anger? 25  'And they have said, Because that they have forsaken the covenant of Jehovah, God of their fathers, which He made with them in His bringing them out of the land of Egypt, 26  and they go and serve other gods, and bow themselves to them—gods which they have not known, and which He hath not apportioned to them; 27  and the anger of Jehovah burneth against that land, to bring in on it all the reviling that is written in this book, 28  and Jehovah doth pluck them from off their ground in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath, and doth cast them unto another land, as 'at' this day. 29  'The things hidden 'are' to Jehovah our God, and the things revealed 'are' to us and to our sons—to the age, to do all the words of this law.

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