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Deuteronomy 28:1-68

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.

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5. Mosebog 28:1-69

Velsignelsen ved lydighed

1-2Moses fortsatte: „Men hvis I omhyggeligt adlyder de befalinger fra Herren, som jeg pålægger jer i dag, vil han gøre jer større og mægtigere end noget andet folk på jorden, og følgende velsignelser vil følge jer:

3Herren vil velsigne jeres byer og marker.

4Herren vil velsigne jer med mange børn, en stor høst og med meget afkom fra både hornkvæg og småkvæg.

5Herren vil velsigne jer med korn i overflod og fyldte dejtrug.

6Herren vil velsigne jer ude og inde, overalt hvor I går.

7Når fjenderne angriber, vil Herren slå dem på flugt. De angriber i samlet flok, men flygter i alle retninger.

8Herren vil velsigne jer i jeres arbejde og fylde jeres lader med korn. Han vil velsigne jer i det land, han giver jer.

9Hvis I adlyder Herren, jeres Gud, og gør, hvad han har befalet, vil han gøre jer til sit hellige folk, sådan som han har lovet. 10Da skal alle jordens folk få at se, at I er Herrens udvalgte folk, og de vil betragte jer med ærefrygt.

11Herren vil velsigne jer på alle måder i landet, som han lovede jeres forfædre, med mange børn, med rekordhøst og meget kvæg. 12Han vil åbne for himlens sluser, så landet får regn i rette tid. Han vil velsigne jer i alt, hvad I tager jer for, så I kan låne ud til andre og ikke selv har brug for at låne af nogen. 13Hvis I blot vil høre og adlyde de befalinger fra Herren, som jeg pålægger jer i dag, vil Herren give jer fremgang og gøre jer til hoved i stedet for hale. 14Men betingelsen er, at I aldrig vender jer fra de love, jeg pålægger jer i dag, og dyrker andre guder.

Forbandelsen ved ulydighed

15Men hvis I ikke vil lytte til Herren, jeres Gud, og adlyde de befalinger, jeg pålægger jer i dag, vil følgende forbandelser ramme jer:

16Herren vil forbande jeres byer og marker.

17Herren vil forbande jeres kornmarker og jeres dejtrug.

18Herren vil forbande jer med barnløshed, med dårlig høst og mangel på afkom fra jeres hornkvæg og småkvæg.

19Herren vil forbande jer ude og inde, overalt hvor I går.

20Hvis I handler ondt og forkaster Herren, vil han sende sin dom over jer i form af ulykke og forvirring, så I oplever problemer i alt, hvad I tager jer for. Det vil gå ned ad bakke for jer, indtil undergangen kommer over jer. 21Herren vil sende sygdomsepidemier iblandt jer, indtil I bukker under i det land, I skal over og tage i besiddelse. 22Herren vil ramme jer med smitsomme sygdomme, med feber og betændelse, med brændende hede og svidende tørke, med skimmel og meldug. De her forbandelser vil følge jer livet igennem. 23Solen vil brænde fra en skyfri himmel, så jorden under jer bliver hård som jern. 24I stedet for regn sender Herren sandstorme fra himlen, indtil landet ligger øde, og I er tilintetgjort.

25Herren vil give jeres fjender sejr over jer. I går i kamp i samlet flok, men må flygte i alle retninger. Nationerne omkring jer vil ynkes, når de hører om jeres sørgelige skæbne. 26Jeres lig vil blive føde for grådige gribbe og vilde dyr, og ingen vil jage dem bort.

27Herren vil ramme jer med de plager, han sendte over egypterne, med bylder og sår, med udslæt og kløe, som ikke kan helbredes af nogen kur. 28Han rammer jer med sindssyge, blindhed og febervildelse, 29så I ved højlys dag må famle jer frem. Intet vil lykkes for jer. I vil blive overfaldet og undertrykt dagen lang uden håb om hjælp.

30En forlovet mand må se sin kæreste blive voldtaget. Én bygger sig et hus, men kommer aldrig til at bo i det. Én planter sig en vingård, men får aldrig plukket dens druer. 31Jeres køer vil blive slagtet for øjnene af jer, uden at I får del i kødet. Jeres æsler vil blive drevet bort for aldrig at vende tilbage igen. Jeres får og geder vil blive fjernet af jeres fjender, mens I ser hjælpeløst til. 32Jeres sønner og døtre vil blive pågrebet for øjnene af jer og ført bort som slaver. Jeres hjerte vil blive knust af sorg og længsel efter dem, men I kan intet stille op. 33Et fremmed folk, I ikke kender, vil spise de afgrøder, I har arbejdet så hårdt for at få. Dagen lang bliver I offer for vold og undertrykkelse, 34jeres lidelser øges, indtil I går amok. 35Herren vil ramme jeres ben med smertende, uhelbredelige sår, bylder vil dække jer fra top til tå.

36Herren vil tage jer og den konge, I har indsat over jer, og føre jer i landflygtighed blandt et folk, hverken I eller jeres forfædre før har kendt. Dér vil I komme til at dyrke fremmede guder af træ og sten. 37De folk, I kommer til at bo iblandt, vil chokeres og ynkes over jeres grusomme skæbne. I bliver et spottende mundheld for de folkeslag, Herren spreder jer iblandt.

38I vil så meget korn, men kun høste en smule, for græshopper vil æde det meste. 39I vil plante vingårde og passe vinrankerne, men druerne vil blive ædt af orm, så der intet bliver at lave vin af. 40I vil plante olivenlunde, men frugterne falder af før tiden, så der intet bliver at lave olie af. 41I vil få sønner og døtre, men de vil blive bortført som slaver. 42Insekter vil hærge landet, så jeres træer og afgrøder går til grunde. 43De fremmede iblandt jer vil sidde højt på strå, mens I selv synker ned i skidtet. 44De vil låne ud til jer, uden at I kan give noget tilbage. De vil blive hoved, og I vil blive hale.

45-46Alle de her plager vil ramme jer og forfølge jer, indtil I er udryddet. Det skal være en stadig advarsel for jer og jeres efterkommere, hvis I ikke vil adlyde Herren, jeres Gud, og gøre, som han har befalet. 47Det sker, hvis et liv i overflod får jer til at holde op med at tjene Herren, jeres Gud, med glæde og lovsang i hjertet. 48Herren vil da udlevere jer til jeres fjender, så I kommer til at tjene dem som slaver. I vil miste alt og bære åg på nakken. I vil opleve mangel på mad og drikke og tøj, ja, alle de daglige fornødenheder.

49-50Herren vil kalde på et folk i det fjerne, et brutalt og hensynsløst folk, hvis sprog I ikke forstår. De vil angribe jer som ørnen, der slår ned på sit bytte, 51og ødelægge jeres ungkvæg og afgrøder, så der hverken er korn, vin, olivenolie, kalve, gedekid eller lam tilbage. 52De vil belejre jeres byer og vælte de høje mure, I har sat jeres lid til. 53Under den frygtelige belejring vil I være tvunget til at spise kødet af jeres egne sønner og døtre. 54-55Selv den ædleste mand iblandt jer vil blive så desperat, at han spiser nogle af sine egne børn af mangel på mad, ja, han nægter endog at dele med sin bror, sin kone og sine øvrige børn. 56-57Selv den mest velhavende kvinde, så fornem, at hun aldrig behøver at gå på sine ben, vil gøre det samme: Under den frygtelige belejring vil hun blive så desperat, at hun i al hemmelighed spiser sit nyfødte barn og efterbyrden uden at dele med sin mand og sine børn.

58Hvis I nægter at adlyde de love, som er optegnet i denne bog, og derved undlader at vise ærefrygt for Herrens herlige og frygtindgydende navn, 59-60vil han sende uhelbredelige sygdomme over jer og jeres børn, ja, han vil ramme jer med de samme plager, han sendte over Egypten, og som I frygtede så stærkt. 61Ikke nok med det. Herren vil ramme jer med alskens plager og ulykker, med katastrofer, der ikke engang er nævnt i denne bog, indtil I er udryddet. 62Kun en rest vil blive tilbage, skønt I før var talrige som himlens stjerner. Det bliver konsekvensen, hvis I ikke vil adlyde Herren, jeres Gud, 63for i så fald er Herren lige så opsat på at straffe jer, som han var opsat på at velsigne jer med fremgang og tilvækst. Han viger ikke tilbage for at rykke jer op med rode fra det land, I nu skal over og tage i besiddelse. 64Han vil sprede jer blandt alle jordens folk. Dér vil I komme til at dyrke andre folkeslags guder af træ og sten, guder, som hverken I eller jeres forfædre før har kendt. 65I vil blive et rodløst og hvileløst folk. Herren vil slå jer med frygt, håbløshed og fortvivlelse. 66Både dag og nat vil I frygte for at blive slået ihjel. Jeres liv vil hænge i en tynd tråd. 67Om morgenen vil I ønske, det var aften, og om aftenen vil I ønske, det var morgen. Så frygtelig er den terror, der truer jer. 68Da vil Herren sende jer tilbage til Egypten på skibe, en rejse jeg lovede, I aldrig mere skulle gøre, og dér vil I prøve at sælge jer selv som slaver til jeres fjender, men ingen vil være interesseret i at købe jer.”

69Alle de her ord hører til den pagt, som Herren bad Moses slutte med israelitterne på Moabs sletter. Det er en tilføjelse til og fornyelse af pagten ved Horebs bjerg.