THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 28 ©
A catalogue of blessings, which Moses promises the people from God, if they obey Him , v. 1, etc. On the contrary, a catalogue of curses, with which He threatens them, and foretells them, if they turn aside from God and forsake His commandments, 15.
AND ita shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken 1diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on 2high above all nations of the earth:
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
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.
Blessed shall be thy 3basket and thy 4store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest 5in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be 6smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
The LORD shall 7command 8the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, 9and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
The LORD shall 10establish thee an 11holyb people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
And all people of the earth shall see 12that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
Andc 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.
The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the 13heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lendd unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
And the LORD shall make thee 14the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be 15above only, and thou shalt 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:
And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
¶But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt note 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:
Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
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.
Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, 16vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until 17he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
Thef LORD shall smite thee with a consumption,g and with a fever, and with an 18inflammation, and with an 19extreme burning, and with the 20sword, and with 21blasting, and with 22mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
Andh thy 23heaven that is over thy head shall be 24brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
The LORD shall make the rain of thy land 25powder and dust: 26from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
The LORD shall 27cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against 28them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be 29removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall frayithem away.
The LORD will smite thee with the 30botchj of Egypt, and with the emerods,k and with the scab, and with the 31itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and 32astonishment of heart:
And thou shalt grope at noonday, 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.
Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather 33the grapes thereof.
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.
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing 34for them all the day long: and 35there shall be no might in thine hand.
The fruit of thy land, and 36all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
So that thou shalt be mad 37for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botchl that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
And thou shalt become an 38astonishment, a proverb, and a 39byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
Thoum shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall 40the locust consume.
The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very 41high; and thou shalt come down very low.
He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be 42the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
And 43they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
44Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with 45joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the 46abundance of all things;
Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a 47yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, 48as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not 49understand;
A nation of 50fierce 51countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:
And 52he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: 53which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until 54he have destroyed thee.
And he shall 55besiege thee in all thy 56gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
Andn thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness,o wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
So that the man that is tender among you, and very 57delicate, his eye 58shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the 59wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:
So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.
The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventurep to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,
And toward her 60young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her 61children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.
If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful 62name, THE LORD THY GOD;
Then the LORD will make thy plagues 63wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even 64great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
Moreover he will bring 65upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
Also 66every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
And ye shall be left 67few in number, whereas ye were as the starsq of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.
And it shall come to pass, thatr as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
And the LORD shall scatters thee among all people, 68from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and 69sorrow of mind:
And thy life shall hang in doubt 70before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance 71of thy life:
In the morning thou shalt say, 72Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for 73the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, 74by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see 75it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, 76and no man shall buy you.