27:16 ‘Cursed 1 is the one who disrespects 2 his father and mother.’ Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’
27:20 ‘Cursed is the one who has sexual relations with 3 his father’s former wife, 4 for he dishonors his father.’ 5 Then all the people will say, ‘Amen!’
1 tn The Levites speak again at this point; throughout this pericope the Levites pronounce the curse and the people respond with “Amen.”
2 tn The Hebrew term קָלָה (qalah) means to treat with disdain or lack of due respect (cf. NAB, NIV, NRSV “dishonors”; NLT “despises”). It is the opposite of כָּבֵד (kaved, “to be heavy,” that is, to treat with reverence and proper deference). To treat a parent lightly is to dishonor him or her and thus violate the fifth commandment (Deut 5:16; cf. Exod 21:17).