Then Balak became very angry at Balaam, and he struck his hands together. 1 Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have done nothing but bless 2 them these three times!
At that time Joshua made this solemn declaration: 1 “The man who attempts to rebuild 2 this city of Jericho 3 will stand condemned before the Lord. 4 He will lose his firstborn son when he lays its foundations and his youngest son when he erects its gates!” 5
Now the men of Israel were hard pressed that day, for Saul had made the army agree to this oath: “Cursed be the man who eats food before evening! I will get my vengeance on my enemies!” So no one in the army ate anything.
Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “My own son, my very own flesh and blood, 1 is trying to take my life. So also now this Benjaminite! Leave him alone so that he can curse, for the Lord has spoken to him.
That is what will result from your making me angry by what you are doing. 1 You are making me angry by sacrificing to other gods here in the land of Egypt where you live. You will be destroyed for doing that! You will become an example used in curses 2 and an object of ridicule among all the nations of the earth. 3
But be careful when you are setting apart the riches for the Lord. If you take any of it, you will make the Israelite camp subject to annihilation and cause a disaster. 1
Also seat two villains opposite him and have them testify, ‘You cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out and stone him to death.”
“Bring the one who cursed outside the camp, and all who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the whole congregation is to stone him to death. 1
So I entered a complaint with them. I called down a curse on them, and I struck some of the men and pulled out their hair. I had them swear by God saying, “You will not marry off 1 your daughters to their sons, and you will not take any of their daughters as wives for your sons or for yourselves!
“All Israel has broken 1 your law and turned away by not obeying you. 2 Therefore you have poured out on us the judgment solemnly threatened 3 in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against you. 4
“There will be harsh condemnation for the hypocrite who has a valuable male animal in his flock but vows and sacrifices something inferior to the Lord. For I am a great king,” 1 says the Lord who rules over all, “and my name is awesome among the nations.”
He said to his mother, “You know 1 the eleven hundred pieces of silver which were stolen 2 from you, about which I heard you pronounce a curse? Look here, I have the silver. I stole 3 it, but now I am giving it back to you.” 4 His mother said, “May the Lord reward 5 you, my son!”
When 1 the days of their feasting were finished, 2 Job would send 3 for them and sanctify 4 them; he would get up early 5 in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to 6 the number of them all. For Job thought, “Perhaps 7 my children 8 have sinned and cursed 9 God in their hearts.” This was Job’s customary practice.
For 1 the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 2 says, ‘If you go to Egypt, I will pour out my wrath on you just as I poured out my anger and wrath on the citizens of Jerusalem. 3 You 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 You will never see this place again.’ 5
Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed. Our Lord, come! 1