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Deuteronomy 28:15-20

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Curses as Reversal of Blessings

28:15 “But if you ignore 1  the Lord your God and are not careful to keep all his commandments and statutes I am giving you today, then all these curses will come upon you in full force: 2  28:16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the field. 28:17 Your basket and your mixing bowl will be cursed. 28:18 Your children 3  will be cursed, as well as the produce of your soil, the calves of your herds, and the lambs of your flocks. 28:19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out. 4 

Curses by Disease and Drought

28:20 “The Lord will send on you a curse, confusing you and opposing you 5  in everything you undertake 6  until you are destroyed and quickly perish because of the evil of your deeds, in that you have forsaken me. 7 

1 tn Heb “do not hear the voice of.”

2 tn Heb “and overtake you” (so NIV, NRSV); NAB, NLT “and overwhelm you.”

3 tn Heb “the fruit of your womb” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV).

4 sn See note on the similar expression in v. 6.

5 tn Heb “the curse, the confusion, and the rebuke” (NASB and NIV similar); NRSV “disaster, panic, and frustration.”

6 tn Heb “in all the stretching out of your hand.”

7 tc For the MT first person common singular suffix (“me”), the LXX reads either “Lord” (Lucian) or third person masculine singular suffix (“him”; various codices). The MT’s more difficult reading probably represents the original text.

tn Heb “the evil of your doings wherein you have forsaken me”; CEV “all because you rejected the Lord.”



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