28:2 All these blessings will come to you in abundance 1 if you obey the Lord your God: 28:3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. 2 28:4 Your children 3 will be blessed, as well as the produce of your soil, the offspring of your livestock, the calves of your herds, and the lambs of your flocks. 28:5 Your basket and your mixing bowl will be blessed. 28:6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 4 28:7 The Lord will cause your enemies who attack 5 you to be struck down before you; they will attack you from one direction 6 but flee from you in seven different directions. 28:8 The Lord will decree blessing for you with respect to your barns and in everything you do – yes, he will bless you in the land he 7 is giving you. 28:9 The Lord will designate you as his holy people just as he promised you, if you keep his commandments 8 and obey him. 9 28:10 Then all the peoples of the earth will see that you belong to the Lord, 10 and they will respect you. 28:11 The Lord will greatly multiply your children, 11 the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil in the land which he 12 promised your ancestors 13 he would give you. 28:12 The Lord will open for you his good treasure house, the heavens, to give you rain for the land in its season and to bless all you do; 14 you will lend to many nations but you will not borrow from any.
1 tn Heb “come upon you and overtake you” (so NASB, NRSV); NIV “come upon you and accompany you.”
3 tn Heb “the fruit of your womb” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV).
4 sn Come in…go out. To “come in” and “go out” is a figure of speech (merism) indicating all of life and its activities.
5 tn Heb “who rise up against” (so NIV).
7 tn Heb “the
8 tn Heb “the commandments of the
9 tn Heb “and walk in his ways” (so NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT).
11 tn Heb “the fruit of your womb” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV); CEV “will give you a lot of children.”
14 tn Heb “all the work of your hands.”