The Israelite woman’s son misused the Name and cursed, 1 so they brought him to Moses. (Now his mother’s name was Shelomith daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.)
“The Lord will send on you a curse, confusing you and opposing you 1 in everything you undertake 2 until you are destroyed and quickly perish because of the evil of your deeds, in that you have forsaken me. 3
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head!”
When he turned around and saw them, he called God’s judgment down on them. 1 Two female bears came out of the woods and ripped forty-two of the boys to pieces.
hereby participate with their colleagues the town leaders 1 and enter into a curse and an oath 2 to adhere to 3 the law of God which was given through Moses the servant of God, and to obey 4 carefully all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, 5 along with his ordinances and his statutes.
Finally the Lord could no longer endure your wicked deeds and the disgusting things you did. That is why your land has become the desolate, uninhabited ruin that it is today. That is why it has become a proverbial example used in curses. 1
And it will come about that just as you (both Judah and Israel) were a curse to the nations, so I will save you and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid! Instead, be strong!’
The Lord God said to the serpent, 1 “Because you have done this, cursed 2 are you above all the wild beasts and all the living creatures of the field! On your belly you will crawl 3 and dust you will eat 4 all the days of your life.
The speaker went on to say, “This is a curse 1 traveling across the whole earth. For example, according to the curse whoever steals 2 will be removed from the community; or on the other hand (according to the curse) whoever swears falsely will suffer the same fate.”
Then Moses spoke to the Israelites and they brought the one who cursed outside the camp and stoned him with stones. So the Israelites did just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
“Then he will say 1 to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!
I said, 1 “Oh, mother, how I regret 2 that you ever gave birth to me! I am always starting arguments and quarrels with the people of this land. 3 I have not lent money to anyone and I have not borrowed from anyone. Yet all of these people are treating me with contempt.” 4
I will see to it that all the Judean remnant that was determined to go 1 and live in the land of Egypt will be destroyed. Here in the land of Egypt they will fall in battle 2 or perish from starvation. People of every class 3 will die in war or from starvation. They will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example of those who have been cursed and that people use in pronouncing a curse. 4
So I defiled your holy princes, and handed Jacob over to destruction, and subjected 1 Israel to humiliating abuse.”
And people will settle there, and there will no longer be the threat of divine extermination – Jerusalem will dwell in security.
But to Adam 1 he said, “Because you obeyed 2 your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground 3 thanks to you; 4 in painful toil you will eat 5 of it all the days of your life.
And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 1 and said 2 to himself, 3 “I will never again curse 4 the ground because of humankind, even though 5 the inclination of their minds 6 is evil from childhood on. 7 I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.
Then the priest will have the woman stand before the Lord, uncover the woman’s head, and put the grain offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of suspicion. The priest will hold in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse. 1
Then the priest will put the woman under oath and say to the her, “If no other 1 man has had sexual relations with you, and if you have not gone astray and become defiled while under your husband’s authority, may you be free from this bitter water that brings a curse. 2