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though he set it up in a secret place. And all the people shall

answer and say, Amen. 16 Cursed he who slighteth his father or his mother.

And all the people shall say, Amen. 17 Cursed he who removeth his neighbour's land mark.

And all the people shall say, Amen. 18 Cursed he who leadeth the blind out of the way. And all the people shall say,

Amen. 19 Cursed he who perverteth the judgment of the stranger, or the orphan, or the widow.

And all the people shall say, Amen. 20 Cursed he who lieth with his father's wife, because he hath uncovered his father's skirt. And all the people shall say,

Amen. 21 Cursed he who lieth with any beast. And all the people shall say,

Amen. 22 Cursed he who lieth with his sister, by the same father, or mother. And all the people shall say,

Amen. 23 Cursed he who lieth with his daughter in law. And all the people shall say,

Amen. 24 Cursed he who lieth with the sister of his wife.

And all the people shall say, Amen. 25 Cursed he who smiteth his neighbour secretly.

And all the people shall say, Amen. 26 Cursed he who taketh bribes to slay an innocent person.

And all the people shall say, Amen. 27 Cursed be every man who will not persevere in all the words of this law, to do them.

And all the people shall say, Amen. XXVIII. Now it shall come to pass that if thou wilt hearken

diligently to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep and perform all these commandments which I this day give thee in charge, the Lord thy God will set thee high above all the nations of the earth; and all these blessings shall come upon thee,

and find thee. 2 If thou wilt hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord thy 3 God, Blessed shalt thou be in the city; and blessed shalt thou 4 be in the field; blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the 5 products of thy land, and thy herds, and thy flocks. Blessed

shall be thy granaries, and thy stores. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed 7 when thou goest out. May the Lord thy God deliver up thine

enemies, who rise up against thee, to be smitten before thee. They shall come out against thee one way, and flee before

thee seven ways. 8 The Lord send upon thee the blessing in thy store houses,

and on all the labours of thy hands, in the land which the Lord

thy God giveth thee. 9 The Lord establish thee a holy people for himself, as he

solemnly promised thy fathers. If thou wilt hearken to the 10 voice of the Lord thy God, and walk in all his ways, then shall

all the nations of the earth see that thou art called by the name 11 of the Lord, and they will be afraid of thee ; and the Lord thy

God will multiply thee, for good, in the offspring of thy body, and in the increase of thy cattle, and in the products of thy ground, in the land which he solemnly promised thy fathers to

give thee. 12 The Lord open for thee his good treasury, the heaven, to

give thy land the rain in due season. May he bless all the works

of thy hands, so that thou mayst lend to many nations, and 13 not borrow of them; and that thou mayst rule over many na

tions, and they not rule over thee. May the Lord establish thee for a head and not for a tail, so that thou mayst be above, and not beneath.

If thou wilt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all that I this day enjoin thee; thou wilt not turn aside from 14 all the commandments which Ithis day command thee, either to

the right, or to the left, to go after other gods, to serve them. 15 But in case thou wilt not hearken to the voice of the Lord thy

God to keep all his commandments which I this day give thee in charge, all these evils shall come upon thee and overtake

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Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed thou in the 17 field. Cursed shall be thy granaries, and thy stores. Cursed 18 shall be the offspring of thy body, and the products of thy land, 19 thy herds and thy flocks. Cursed shalt thou be when thou 20 comest in, and cursed thou when thou goest out. The Lord

send upon thee want, and famine, and destruction on all the labour of thy hands, until he utterly root thee out, and until

he destroy thee quickly, on the account of thy wicked devices. 21 Seeing thou hast forsaken me, may the Lord make the pesti

lence cleave to thee, until it utterly consume thee from the land 22 to which thou art going, to take possession of it. The Lord

smite thee with anxiety, and fever, and chilness, and restless

ness, and blasting, and mildew, that they may pursue thee un23 til they utterly destroy thee. And when the heaven over thy

'head shall be brass, and the earth under thy feet iron, may the 24 Lord thy. God make the rain of thy land dust, so that dust

from heaven may descend until it waste thee, and until it de25 stroy thee speedily. May the Lord deliver thee up to slaugh

ter before thine enemies, so that thou mayst go out one way to 26 meet them, and flee seven ways from before them; and be a

dispersion among all the kingdoms of the earth; and your dead

carcasses be food for the birds of the air, and the wild beasts of 27 the earth, and there bé none to fray them away. The Lord

smite thee with the Egyptian boil in thy seat, and with

wild fire, and with itching, so that thou canst not be cured. 28. The Lord smite thee with madness, and blindness, and as29 tonishment of heart, so that thou mayst grope about at noon

day, as a blind man gropeth in darkness; and let him not pros

per thy ways, so thou shalt then be injured, and spoiled conti30 nually, and there will be none to help thee. Thou wilt take a

wife, and another man shall have her. Thou wilt build a house,

but shalt not dwell therein. : Thou wilt plant a vineyard, but 31 shalt not gather the grapes thereof. Thy ox will be slaughtered

before thy face, and thou shalt not eat thereof. Thy ass will be taken from thee, and shall not be restored; thy flocks will

be given to thine enemies, and there shall be none to help 32 thee'; thy sons, and thy daughters, will be given to another

nation, and thine eyes will melt in looking at them; there will 33 be no strength in thy hand. A nation, which thou knowest not

will eat the fruits of thy land, and all thy labours; and thou 34 shalt be injured, and oppressed continually, and driven to mad

ness at the sight of thine eyes, which thou shalt see. 35 The Lord smite thee with a grievous boil on thy knees, and on thy legs, so that thou canst not be healed, from the sole

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36 of thy feet to the crown of thy head. The Lord carry away

thee, and thy rulers, whom thou mayst set over thee, to

a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers knew, that thou 37 mayst there serve other gods-stocks and stones; and be there

for a bye word, and a proverb, and a public example to all the 38 nations to which the Lord shall bring thee. There thou shalt

carry out much seed into the field, and shalt bring little home, 39 for the locust shall devour it; thou shalt plant a vineyard and

dress it; but shalt not press out wine, nor regale thyself from 40 it; for worms shall eat it up. Thou shalt have plantations of

olive trees, in all thy borders, but shalt not bę anointed with 41 oil, for thine olive tree shall cast its fruit: thou shalt beget sons

and daughters, but shalt not have them with thee; for they 42 shall go into captivity. All thy trees and the products of thy 43 land, shall be consumed with blasting. The stranger who is

with thee shall rise higher and higher; but thou shalt fall low44 er and lower. He shall lend to thee; and thou shalt not lend 45 to him: He shall be head; and thou shalt be tail. All these

curses shall actually come upon thee, and pursue thee, and overtake thee, until he root thee out, and utterly destroy thee because thou didst not hearken to the voice of the Lord thy

God, to keep his commandments, and his rules of rectitude, 46 which he commanded thee, And they shall be signs for thee,

and wonders for thine offspring forever. 47 Because thou didst not serve the Lord thy God with glad.

ness, and with a good understanding, for the abundance of all 48 things; therefore thou shalt serve thine enemies, whom the

Lord will send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in

nakedness, and in want of all things, and thou shalt wear a yoke 49 of iron on thy neck, until it utterly destroy thee. The Lord

will bring against thee a nation from afar—from the extremi. 50 ty of the earth, with the impetuosity of an eagle-A nation

whose voice thou shalt not understand-a nation of an un

blushing countenance, which will not respect the person of an 51 elder, nor compassionate a youth. And it shall devour the in

crease of thy cattle, and the products of thy land, so as not to leave thee corn, wine, oil, herds or flocks, until it hath destroyed

thee, and wasted thee in thy cities—until they have demolished 52 thy high, and strong walls, in which thou hast placed thy con

53 fidence, throughout thy whole land. And when he shall afflict

thee in thy cities which he hath given thee; in thy siege, and in the affliction, with which thine enemy shall afflict thee, thou

shalt eat the offspring of thy body—the flesh of thy sons, and 54 thy daughters, whom he gave thee. The tender, and very de

licate man who is with thee, will look with an evil eye on his

brother, and on the wife in his bosom, and the remaining chil55 dren which may be left him, so as not to give one of them any

of the flesh of his sons, which he may be eating, because he hath

nothing left him in the siege, and in that affliction of thine with 56 which thine enemies will afflict thee, in all thy cities. And the

tender, and very delicate woman among you, whose foot never ventured to tread the ground because of her delicateness, and effeminacy will look with an evil eye on her husband in her bosom, and on her son, and her daughter, even the female in

fant she bore, or the male child which she may have brought 57 forth; for on the account of the want of all things, she will eat

these secretly in thy siege, and in that affliction of thine with

which thine enemy will afflict thee in thy cities. 58 If thou wilt not hearken to do all the words of this law,

which are written in this book, to fear this glorious, this won59 derful name, The Lord thy God, the Lord will make thy

plagues, and the plagues of thy seed, wonderful beyond conception—he will make them great, and marvellous, and thy

diseases sore, and lasting, and will bring upon thee all the af60 Aliction of Egypt—that grievous afliction which thou didst 61 dread on their account, and they shall cleave to thee. The Lord

will also bring upon thee every sickness, and every plague,

which is not written, and every one which is written in this 62 book of the law, until he root thee out. And you shall be left

few in number, instead of being, as you were, like the stars of 63 heaven for multitude. Because thou didst not hearken to the

voice of the Lord thy God, therefore it shall come to pass, that as the Lord delighted in yoụ to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you, in rooting you out; and

you shall be removed speedily from the land to which 64 thou art going to take possession of it. And the Lord thy God

will scatter thee among all the nations, from one extremity of the earth to the other ; and thou shalt there serve other gods

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