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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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

申命記 28:1-68

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従う者への祝福

1今日、私が与えるこの主の律法をすべて守り行うなら、あなたの神、主は、あなたを世界中で最もすぐれた民とし、 2-6次のような祝福をお与えになります。

あなたは町の中でも外でも祝福され、多くの子ども、作物、羊や牛、くだものやパンに恵まれます。戦いや仕事に出て行くときも帰って来るときも祝福されます。

7主はあなたの敵を撃退し、彼らが束になってかかってきても、くもの子を散らすように追い散らします。 8主は約束の地において、良い収穫をあげ、丈夫な牛が生まれ、あなたのすべての手のわざが祝福されるように守ってくださいます。 9あなたの神、主に従い、主の道に歩むなら、あなたは聖なる民としていただけます。 10世界中の国々は、あなたが主のものであることを知って恐れるでしょう。

11主は約束どおり、多くの子どもたちを与え、家畜や作物の実りに至るまで祝福してくださいます。 12天の雨の倉を開き、豊かな収穫をもたらす雨を季節ごとに降らせてくださるのです。すべてが順調にいくのであなたは栄え、多くの国に貸し与えるようにはなっても、借りることはありません。 13今日、私が与えるあなたの神、主の律法に従い、それを守り行うなら、どの国より上に立つ国にされるでしょう。 14ただし、それはみな、私が与える律法を忠実に守るかどうかにかかっています。だから、絶対にほかの神々に仕えてはいけません。

背く者へののろい

15-19もし、主の言われることを聞かず、律法に従わないなら、あなたは必ずのろわれます。町の中でも外でものろわれ、くだものやパンに不自由し、子どもを授からず、作物の実りも乏しく、牛や羊まで減っていきます。出て行くときも帰って来るときも、よくないことばかり起こります。

20主が自らのろいをお下しになるからです。混乱に陥り、なすこと全部が失敗して、最後には滅びます。主を捨てて悪を行った結果です。 21これから占領する地で、主は疫病をはやらせ、難なくあなたを滅ぼしてしまわれます。 22あなたは、結核、熱病、伝染病、戦争、さらに黒穂病によって打たれます。

23また、天は青銅のように堅く閉じて雨を降らせず、地は鉄のように堅くしまり、作物を実らせません。 24日照りで国土が干上がり、猛烈な砂嵐が荒れ狂って、生き残る者は一人もありません。

25勢い込んで戦いに出ても、主に見離されているので、たちまち総くずれし、みじめに敗走することになります。そうなったら、地上のすべての国々にとっていい見せしめになるでしょう。 26戦死者の死体が鳥や野獣のえじきとなっても、追い払う者さえいません。

27また主は、エジプトの皮膚病、できもの、腫瘍、壊血病、疥癬によってあなたを打ち、いやされることはありません。 28恐怖で気が転倒し、何が何だかわからなくなり、パニック状態に陥ります。 29盲人が暗闇で手探りするように、真昼の明るい所でも手探りしなければ歩けません。何をしてもうまくいかず、痛めつけられ、略奪されるばかりなのに、だれも助けてくれません。

30婚約者を奪われ、自分が建てた家には他人が住み、自分が育てたぶどう園の実を他人が食べるようになります。 31自分の牛が目の前で殺されても、その肉の一片さえもらえません。目の前でろばが連れ去られても、黙って見ているだけで、取り返すことはできません。羊がみな敵に奪われても、だれも守ってくれません。 32目の前で、息子や娘が奴隷に売られます。いくらかわいそうだと思っても、助けることができません。 33名前さえ聞いたこともない民が、あなたが汗水流して育てた作物を食べ、あなたを痛めつけます。 34見ることすべて悲しいことばかりで、心痛のあまり気がおかしくなります。 35さらに主は、あなたをつま先から頭のてっぺんまで、できものだらけにされるでしょう。

36主は、あなたも王も国外追放にし、先祖のだれも知らなかった地へ追いやります。そこでは、木や石の神々を拝むしかありません。 37こうして主に追い払われ、国々の恐怖、物笑いの種とされるのです。

38いくら種をまいても、いなごが食べてしまうので、収穫はわずかです。 39ぶどう園を作り、せっせと手入れしても、虫に食い荒らされ、実を食べることもぶどう酒を飲むこともできません。 40オリーブの木はどこにでもありますが、実が熟さないうちに落ちてしまうので、体に塗るほどのオリーブ油さえ採れません。 41息子や娘はあっという間に連れ去られ、奴隷になります。 42いなごは、木といわずぶどうといわず、あらゆるものを食い尽くします。 43在留外国人がますます金持ちになっていく一方、あなたはますます貧しくなります。 44物を貸すのは彼らで、あなたではありません。外国人のほうが恵まれ、あなたより優位に立ちます。

45あなたの神、主の言われることを聞かないと、これらののろいが次々に降りかかり、ついには滅ぼされます。どこにも逃げ場はありません。 46これらのことはみな、あなたがたと子孫への警告なのです。 47-48何の不自由もなく守っていただきながら、主をほめたたえようとしなければ、敵の奴隷にされます。敵に攻められ、飢え渇き、着る物もなく、あらゆる不自由を忍ばなければなりません。絶対にはずせない鉄のくびきをはめられ、最後には全滅するのです。

49主は遠く離れた国を立ち上がらせ、わしが飛びかかるように、あなたを襲わせます。その民は聞いたこともないことばを話し、 50子どもだろうが老人だろうが容赦せず、どう猛で怒りに燃えています。 51家畜も農産物も食い尽くされ、イスラエルでは麦も新しいぶどう酒もオリーブ油も底をつき、牛や羊もいなくなります。 52町々は包囲され、頼みの高い城壁もついにくずれ落ちる日がきます。 53激しい包囲攻撃の中で、わが子の肉さえ食べるほどの食糧難に見舞われます。 54ふだんは優しい男でさえ、兄弟や妻はおろか子どもにまでむごい仕打ちをします。 55町の中には食べる物が何もなくなり、飢えをしのぐためにわが子の肉を食べるばかりか、それを一人占めにしようとする者さえ出るでしょう。 56-57足を地面に着けようともしないほどの淑女が、愛する夫や子どもたちと分け合おうともせずに、自分の産んだ子の肉を一人で食べてしまいます。敵の包囲攻撃のために町中が恐ろしいききんに陥り、死ぬほど苦しい目に会うからです。

58-59この書にあるすべての律法に従わず、主の輝かしく恐るべき御名をあがめようとしないなら、あなたも子孫たちも、絶えず疫病に苦しめられるでしょう。 60あの恐ろしいエジプトの病気を、主がはやらせるのです。疫病は国中に広がります。 61それだけではありません。主は、この書にも書いてない、ありとあらゆる疫病や災いを下し、ついにはあなたがたを滅亡させるでしょう。 62星の数ほどいるあなたがたも、ほんの一握りが生き残るだけです。主の御声に聞き従わなければ、必ずこのとおりになります。

63かつて主があなたがたの幸せを願い、その数を増やすことを喜ばれたように、その時には、あなたがたを滅ぼすことを喜ばれるでしょう。一人もイスラエルには残れません。 64世界の果てから果てまで追い散らされます。そこで、あなたも先祖も知らなかった、木や石でできた外国の神々を拝むのです。 65一時も安心できず、不安と絶望に打ちのめされ、悲しみと恐れのあまり体はやせ衰えてしまうでしょう。 66いつも死の危険にさらされ、昼も夜も、恐ろしさのあまり生きた心地もしません。明日のいのちさえわからないのです。 67朝がくると、『夜になればいいのに』と言い、夜になれば、『朝がくればいいのに』とため息をつきます。そう言わずにはいられないほど、恐ろしいことばかり起こるのです。 68もはや行くこともないだろうと言われたエジプトへ、主は船で人々を連れ帰ります。そこで自分を奴隷として敵に身売りしようとしても、買ってくれる者もいません。」