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An altar to be built.
all the commandments which I command you this day. 2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LoRo thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster: 3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee. 4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster. 5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the Lond thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon
them. 6 Thou shalt build the altar of the Lord thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt-offerings thereon unto the Lord thy God: 7 And thou shalt offer peace-offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the Lord thy God. 8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law, very plainly. 9 || And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed and hearken, O Israel, this day thou à.become the people of the Lord thy 10 Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day. 11 *| And Moses charged the people the same day, oil 12 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and iss2char, and Joseph, and BenJamin : 13 And these shall stand upon mount bal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14"And the Levitesshallspeak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice, 15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place: and aii the people shall answer and say, Amen. 16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother: and all the peo. ple shall say, Amen. 17. Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's land-mark: and all the people shall say, Amen.
The curses from Ebal.
18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way: and all the people shall say, Amen. 19 Cursed be he that perverteth the ent of the stranger, fatherless, and widow: and all the people shall say, Amen. 20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his father's skirt: and all the people shall say, Amen. 21 Cursed be he that lieth with an manner of beast: and all the people shall say, Amen. 22 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother: and all the people shall say, Amen. 23 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother-in-law : and all the people shall say, Amen. 24 Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly : and all the people shall say, Amen. 25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to stay an innocent person: and all the people shall say, Amen. 26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them : and all the people shall say, Amen. CHAP. XXVIII. A* it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy § to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day: that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth : 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face : they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy store-houses, and in alsthat thou settest thy hand unto, and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 9 The Lond shall establish thee a holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou o keep the command
Blessings for obedience.
ments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord ; and they shall be afraid of thee. 11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12 The Lond shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thy hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the Lorn shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shaft not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them : 14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command tuee this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. 15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord 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: 16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. 17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy Stere. 18. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 20 The Lord shall send upon thee eursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thy hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou pewishquickly: because of the wickedness of thy doings whereby thou hast forsaken
ine. 21 The Lord shall make the pestilence eleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. 22 The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and withanextreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew : and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. 23 And thy, heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is
under thee shall be iron.
24 The Lord shall make the rain of
Curses for disobedience
shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. 25 The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them ; and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 And thy carcass shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away. 27 The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. 28 The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: 29 And thou shalt grope at noon-day, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. 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 gather the grapes thereof. 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 rescue them. . . . 32 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail wit oils." them all the day long : and there shall be no might in thy hand. - * -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 always: 34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. 35 The Lokd shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. 36 The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou northy fathers have known ; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. 37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a by-word, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee38 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in : for the locust shall consume it. 39 Thou shalt plant vineyards and dress them, but shalf neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes : for the worms shall eat them.
thy land powder and dust: from heaven, 40 Thou shalt '# olive-trees throughPlagues threatened CHAP.
cut all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint
evil toward his brother, and toward the
wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: 55 So that he will not give to any of
ithem of the flesh of his children whom he
..son exhortation to obedience. DEUTERONOMY. God covenants with Israel.
thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see: 68 And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again , with ships, o the . #of spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bond-men and bond-women, and no man shall buy
Ot. 3/ CHAP. XXIX. HESE are the words of the covenant which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of lsrael in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which he made with them in Horeb. 2 TI And Moses called unto all Israe!, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LoRD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; 3 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: 4 Yet the Lord hath not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this . 5. And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old o thy foot. 6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that à. might know that I am the Lord your
7 And when ye came unto this place, 5ihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them: 8 And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of Manasseh. 9 Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do. 10.T. Ye stand this day all of you before the Lond your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, 11 Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood, unto the ło of thy water: 12 That thou shouldest enter into coven nt with the Lord thy God, and into his oath, which the Lord thy God maketh with thee this day: 13 That he may establish thee to-day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; t
15 But with him that standeth here with.
us this day before the Lord our God, and . with him that is not here with us this ay: 16 (i. ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by; 17 And }. have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:) 18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lorn our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; 19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of my heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 20 The Lond will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jo. shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And the Lord shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law: 22 So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the Lord hath laid upon it; 23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger and in his wrath : 24 Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? 25 Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: 26 For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: 27 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, to bring T. it all the curses that are written in this book: 28 And the Lord rooted them out of their land in anger and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day. 29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong * and to our chil
Mercy promised the penitent. CHAP. XXX, XXXI.
dren for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. CHAP. XXX. ND it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, 2. And shalt return unto the Lond thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul;
3 That then the Lord thy God will|th
turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine be driven out unto the utmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will be fetch thee: 5 And the Lord o God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it: and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. 6 And the Lord thy God will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with , all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. 7 And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted
thee. 8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. 9 And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thy hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over #: for good, as he rejoiced over thy faers: 10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 11 I For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 12 it is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest i". Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? i4 But the word | very nigh unto thee, 2
The people encouraged.
in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. 15 I See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 in that I command thee this day to love the Lord o God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and }. judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But is o heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possessit. 19 l call heaven and of to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him (for he is thy life, and the length ot thy days) that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LoftD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. CHAP. XXXI. AN. Moses went and spake these A words unto all lsrael. 2 And he said unto them, I am a hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan. 3 The Lond thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thoushalt possess them: and Joshua he shall f" over before thee, as the Lord bath said. 4 And the Lohd shall do unto them as he did to Sihon, and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed. 5 And the Lord shall give them up before your face, that so may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lond thy God, he it is that doth go with thee, he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 7"| And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all israel, Be strong and of a good courage; for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
8 And the lo, he it is that doth go