Blessings for Obedience
1If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
3You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.
12The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
Curses for Disobedience
15However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:
16You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.
17Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.
18The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
19You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.
20The Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.28:20 Hebrew me 21The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. 22The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. 23The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. 24The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.
25The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth. 26Your carcasses will be food for all the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away. 27The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. 29At midday you will grope about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.
30You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit. 31Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them. 32Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand. 33A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression all your days. 34The sights you see will drive you mad. 35The Lord will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.
36The Lord will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your ancestors. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone. 37You will become a thing of horror, a byword and an object of ridicule among all the peoples where the Lord will drive you.
38You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it. 39You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. 40You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off. 41You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity. 42Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land.
43The foreigners who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. 44They will lend to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, but you will be the tail.
45All these curses will come on you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you. 46They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever. 47Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, 48therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.
49The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young. 51They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine or olive oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined. 52They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the Lord your God is giving you.
53Because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you. 54Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, 55and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of all your cities. 56The most gentle and sensitive woman among you—so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot—will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter 57the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For in her dire need she intends to eat them secretly because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of your cities.
58If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God— 59the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. 60He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. 61The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. 62You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the Lord your God. 63Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.
64Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. 65Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. 67In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see. 68The Lord will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.
Ɔsetie Mu Nhyira
1Na sɛ motie Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, na modi mmara a mede rema mo ɛnnɛ yi so a, Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, bɛpagya mo asene aman a wɔwɔ ewiase nyinaa. 2Sɛ motie Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn a, mobɛnya saa nhyira yi nyinaa:
3Wɔbɛhyira mo wɔ mo nkuro ne mo ɔman mu.
4Wɔde mma bebree ne nsase bereɛ bɛhyira mo. Wɔde anantwie ne nnwan a wɔn ase dɔre bɛhyira mo.
5Wɔde nnuaba nkɛntɛn ma ma, ne mmɔre kodoɔ a burodo ahyɛ so ma bɛhyira mo.
6Wɔbɛhyira mo wɔ baabiara a mobɛkɔ, mo fieba mu ne mo adifire mu.
7Sɛ atamfoɔ to hyɛ mo so a, Awurade bɛdi wɔn so. Wɔbɛfiri baabi ato ahyɛ mo so na wɔafa akwan nson so ahwete afiri mo anim.
8Biribiara a mobɛyɛ no, Awurade bɛhyira so na ɔde aburoo ahyɛ mo apata ma ma. Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, bɛhyira mo wɔ asase a ɔde rema mo no so.
9Sɛ modi Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, mmara no so na monante nʼakwan so a, Awurade bɛgyina mo sɛ ne nnipa kronkron sɛdeɛ ɔhyɛɛ mo bɔ sɛ ɔbɛyɛ no. 10Afei, ewiase aman nyinaa bɛhunu sɛ, moyɛ nnipa a Awurade afa mo, na wɔbɛsuro mo. 11Awurade bɛma mo nneɛma pa ma aboro so ma—nyɛmmoa ne afudeɛ pii wɔ asase a ɔhyɛɛ mo agyanom bɔ sɛ ɔde bɛma wɔn no so.
12Awurade firi nʼahonya dodoɔ a ɛwɔ soro no mu bɛma osuo atotɔ wɔ ne berɛ mu, nam so ahyira mo nnwuma a moyɛ so. Mobɛfɛm aman pii nanso, mo deɛ, moremfɛm hwee mfiri wɔn nkyɛn. 13Sɛ motie saa Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, mmara yi na modi so a, Awurade bɛyɛ mo ti na ɛnyɛ nan, na moakorɔn. 14Ɛnsɛ sɛ motwe mo ho firi mmara a mede rema mo ɛnnɛ yi biara ho sɛ morekɔdi anyame foforɔ akyi asom wɔn.
Asoɔden Mu Nnome
15Na sɛ moantie Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, anni ne mmara nyinaa a mede rema mo ɛnnɛ no so a, saa nnome yi nyinaa bɛba abɛbunkam afa mo so.
16Nnome bɛka mo wɔ mo nkuro ne mo ɔman mu.
17Wɔde nkɛntɛn a aduaba biara nni mu ne mmɔre kodoɔ a burodo nni mu bɛdome mo.
18Wɔde mma kakra bi ne nsase bonini bɛdome mo. Wɔde anantwie ne nnwan abonini bɛdome mo.
19Baabiara a mobɛkorɔ, mo fieba ne mo adifire mu, wɔbɛdome mo.
20Awurade bɛma nnome, basabasayɛ ne hwammɔdie aba adeɛ biara a moyɛ mu, kɔsi sɛ awieeɛ no wɔbɛsɛe mo koraa sɛ moayɛ bɔne na moagya me enti. 21Awurade de nyarewa bɛba mo so akɔsi sɛ ɔbɛsɛe mo nyinaa wɔ asase a morebɛkɔ akɔfa no so. 22Awurade de yadeɛ a ɛbɛma mo afonfɔn bɛka mo. Ɔbɛma huraeɛ ne ahonhono abɔ mo na wama ɔhyeɛ a ano yɛ den, mfudeɛ nyarewa ne kakawirewire aba mo so na aha mo ara kɔsi sɛ mo ase bɛhye. 23Ɔsoro a ɛkata mo tiri so no bɛdane sumpii na ɛfam adane dadeɛ. 24Awurade bɛdane osutɔ a ɛwɔ mo ɔman mu no mfuturo; ɛbɛpore afiri soro agu mo so kɔsi sɛ mobɛsɛe.
25Awurade bɛma mo atamfoɔ adi mo so nkonim. Mobɛfa baabi akɔto ahyɛ mo atamfoɔ so, nanso, mobɛfa akwan nson so adwane afiri wɔn anim. Mobɛyɛ ahodwiredeɛ wɔ ahennie a ɛwɔ asase yi so nyinaa ani so. 26Mo afunu bɛyɛ nnomaa ne wiram mmoa aduane, na obiara nso nni hɔ saa ɛberɛ no a ɔbɛpam wɔn. 27Awurade bɛma mpɔmpɔ a ɛsisii mo wɔ Misraim no bi asisi mo. Na ɔde nsisiiwa, ntutuiɛ ne ntwom a wɔrentumi nsa bɛbobɔ mo. 28Awurade de adammɔ, anifiraeɛ ne ayamhyehyeɛ bɛto mo so. 29Mode mo nsa bɛhwehwɛ ɛkwan awia ketee te sɛ deɛ onifirani de ne nsa keka anadwo. Biribiara a moyɛ no, morenni mu nkonim. Wɔbɛhyɛ mo so, abɔ mo korɔno daa na obiara mmɛgye mo.
30Mobɛgye ɔbaa aware nso obi ne no bɛda. Mobɛsi dan nso obi hunu na ɔbɛtena mu. Mobɛdɔ bobefuo nanso monnni mu aba. 31Wɔbɛkum mo nantwie wɔ mo anim nanso morennya ne nam bi nwe. Wɔbɛgye mo afunumu afiri mo nsam a, ɔrensane mma bio. Wɔde mo dwan bɛma mo atamfoɔ na morennya ɔboafoɔ a ɔbɛgye no ama mo. 32Wɔde mo mmammarima ne mo mmammaa bɛma ɔman foforɔ na daa mobɛhwɛ wɔn ara ama mo ani atɔre sia, nanso morentumi nyɛ ho hwee. 33Nnipa a monnim wɔn na wɔbɛfo mo mfuo mu nnɔbaeɛ adi, na daa wɔasane ahyɛ mo so. 34Na mo ani so adeɛ a mobɛhunu no bɛbɔ mo dam. 35Awurade bɛma mpɔmpɔ a ɛyɛ ya a wɔko a ɛnko abobɔ mo kotodwe ne mo nan ho na atrɛ afiri mo nan aseɛ akɔsi mo tiri so.
36Awurade bɛpamo mo ne mo ɔhene a ɔdi mo so no akɔ ɔman bi a mo ne mo agyanom nnim so so. Ɛhɔ na mobɛsom anyame foforɔ, anyame a wɔde nnua ne aboɔ ayɛ. 37Aman a Awurade de mobɛkɔ so no nyinaa so, mobɛyɛ akyiwadeɛ ne aseredeɛ ama wɔn.
38Mobɛdua bebree nanso mobɛtwa kakraa bi, ɛfiri sɛ, ntutummɛ bɛwe mo mfudeɛ. 39Mobɛyɛ bobe nturo ahwɛ so yie nanso monnnom anaa monnni so aba, ɛfiri sɛ, asonson bɛsɛe bobe no. 40Mobɛdua ngo nnua afa mo nsase so nyinaa nanso monnnya mu ngo biara, ɛfiri sɛ, aba no bɛte agu fam ɛberɛ a ɛmmereɛ. 41Mobɛwo mmammarima ne mmammaa nanso ɛnyɛ mo na mobɛtete wɔn, ɛfiri sɛ, wɔbɛkyere wɔn de wɔn akɔ nkoasom mu. 42Mo mfuo nyinaa, mmoawa bɛsɛe no.
43Ahɔhoɔ a wɔte mo mu no bɛnya ahoɔden anya no mmorosoɔ, na mo deɛ, mobɛyɛ mmerɛ ayɛ mmerɛ mmorosoɔ. 44Wɔbɛbɔ mo bosea a moremmɔ wɔn bi. Wɔbɛyɛ tiri na moayɛ nan.
45Sɛ moanyɛ ɔsetie amma Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, anni mmara a ɔde ama mo no so a, saa nnome yi nyinaa bɛdi mo akyi na abunkam afa mo so kɔsi sɛ wɔbɛsɛe mo. 46Saa nsɛm a ɛyɛ hu yi bɛba sɛ nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ ne kɔkɔbɔ ama mo ne mo asefoɔ daa nyinaa. 47Esiane sɛ moamfa anigyeɛ ne ahosɛpɛ ansom Awurade mo Onyankopɔn wɔ mfasoɔ dodoɔ a moanya no ho enti, 48mobɛsom mo atamfoɔ a Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn, bɛsoma wɔn abɛtia mo no. Ɛkɔm bɛde mo; sukɔm bɛde mo; mobɛda adagya na biribiara ho ahia mo. Wɔbɛhyɛ mo kɔnnua kɔsi sɛ wɔbɛsɛe mo.
49Awurade de ɔman bi a ɛwɔ akyirikyiri baabi wɔ asase ano bɛba abɛtia mo na wɔato ahyɛ mo so te sɛ ɔkɔdeɛ. Ɛyɛ ɔman a monte wɔn kasa; 50ɔman a wɔn ho yɛ hu na wɔn akoma apirim na wɔmmu ɔpanin, nni ahummɔborɔ ma abɔfra. 51Nʼasraadɔm bɛto ahyɛ mo nyɛmmoa ne mo nnɔbaeɛ so na ɛkɔm ade mo yie ama moawuwu. Wɔrennya aburoo, nsã, ngo, nantwie mma anaa nnwan mma mma mo, na ɛnam so ama mo asɛe. 52Wɔbɛtua mo nkuropɔn nyinaa. Afasuo denden a mode mo ho too so sɛ ɛbɛbɔ mo ho ban wɔ mo asase no so no nyinaa, wɔbɛka agu fam. Wɔbɛto ahyɛ nkuro a ɛwɔ asase a Awurade mo Onyankopɔn de ama mo no so.
53Esiane ɔhaw ne abɛbrɛsɛ a ɔtamfoɔ de bɛba mo so wɔ otua no mu no enti, mobɛwe mo mmammarima ne mmammaa a Awurade de ama mo no ɛnam mono. 54Mpo, mo mu ɔhobrɛaseni ne mmɔborɔni a ɔwɔ mo mu no renhunu ɔno ara ne nuabarima anaa ne yere a ɔdɔ no no ne ne mma a wɔte ase no so mmɔbɔ, 55na ɔremma wɔn mu biara ɛnam no bi nwe. Esiane sɛ, ɔnni biribi a aka a ɔbɛwe wɔ otua no a mo atamfoɔ no bɛtua mo nkuropɔn no nyinaa enti. 56Mo mu ɔbaa a ɔbrɛ ne ho ase na ɔwɔ nkatedeɛ wɔ ne mu, a mpo ɔmpɛ sɛ ɔde ne nan bɛsi fam no, ɔbɛnya ne kunu a ɔdɔ no ne ɔno ara ne mmammarima anaa ne mmammaa ho menasepɔ. 57Ɔbaa no de awodeɛ ne abɔfra a wawo no foforɔ no bɛsie wɔn sɛdeɛ ɔbɛtumi awe ne nyinaa kɔkoam. Esiane ɔhaw ne abɛbrɛsɛ a mo atamfoɔ de bɛba mo nkuro nyinaa so no enti, biribiara renka a wɔbɛwe wɔ otua no mu.
58Sɛ moanni mmara no nyinaa a wɔatwerɛ wɔ saa nwoma yi mu no so na moansuro onimuonyamfoɔ ne ɔnwanwani Awurade mo Onyankopɔn no din a, 59Awurade de ɔyaredɔm a ɛyɛ hu bɛbrɛ mo ne mo asefoɔ. Saa yaredɔm yi ano bɛyɛ den na ɛrennyae. Mobɛka nnompe na moayɛ mmɔbɔ. 60Ɔde yadeɛ a ɛbaa mo so wɔ Misraim a ɛbɔɔ mo hu no bɛbrɛ mo a ɛremfiri mo so da. 61Awurade bɛsane de nyarewa ahodoɔ bebree ne amanehunu a wɔntwerɛɛ no mmara nwoma no mu bɛbrɛ mo kɔsi sɛ mobɛsɛe. 62Mo a na modɔɔso te sɛ ɔsoro nsoromma no, mo so bɛte koraa, ɛfiri sɛ, moantie Awurade, mo Onyankopɔn. 63Sɛdeɛ na ɛyɛ Awurade anisɔ sɛ ɔbɛma mo akɔ so no, saa ara nso na ɛbɛyɛ no anisɔ sɛ ɔbɛdwerɛ mo na wasɛe mo. Ɔbɛtutu mo ase afiri asase a morekɔ so akɔfa no so.
64Na Awurade bɛbɔ mo apansam afra aman nyinaa firi asase ano kɔsi asase ano. Ɛhɔ na mobɛsom ahɔhoɔ anyame a mo anaa mo agyanom nhunuu bi da; anyame a wɔde nnua ne aboɔ ayɛ! 65Saa aman no so morennya dwanekɔbea anaa ahomegyeɛ. Na Awurade bɛma mo akoma atutu na mo ani ayɛ siamoo na mo kra akusa. 66Mo asetena bɛdi nsensɛnmu. Anadwo ne awia nyinaa mobɛbɔ ehu a morennya gyidie biara sɛ mobɛhunu anɔpa hann. 67Anɔpa mobɛka sɛ, “Sɛ ɛyɛɛ anadwo a!” Na anwummerɛ nso mobɛka sɛ, “Sɛ ɛyɛɛ anɔpa a!” Mobɛka saa, ɛfiri sɛ, mohunu sɛ ehu atwa mo ho ahyia. 68Na Awurade bɛma mo asane akɔ Misraim wɔ ahyɛn mu, akwantuo a mehyɛɛ mo bɔ sɛ morentu bio no. Ɛhɔ na mode mo ho bɛma mo atamfoɔ sɛ wɔntɔ mo sɛ nkoa, nanso obiara rempɛ sɛ ɔbɛtɔ mo.