Thursday, December 14

Deuteronomy (The Second Copy of The Law) Chapters 27-30

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    27[1-3] Moses and the elders of Israel told the people, saying, “Keep all the judgments which I tell you today. On the day that you pass over the Jordan to the land which Yahweh your God gives you, set up great stones, and plaster them with plaster. Write on them all the words of this law, when you pass over; so that you may go in to the land which Yahweh your God gives you, a land full of milk and honey, as Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.

     [4-8] When you pass over the Jordan, set up these stones, which I tell you today, in Mount Ebal, and you’ll plaster them with plaster. There you’ll build an altar to Yahweh your God, an altar of stones. Don’t use any kind of iron tool on them. Build the altar of Yahweh your God of uncut stones; and offer burnt offerings on it to Yahweh your God. Sacrifice your peace offerings, and eat there; and you’ll be happy before Yahweh your God. Clearly write all the words of this law on the stones.”

     [9-10] Moses and the priests, the Levites, told all Israel, saying, “Be quiet and listen, Israel. Today you’ve become the people of Yahweh your God. So obey the voice of Yahweh your God, and do God’s Laws and rules, which I tell you today.”

     [11-13] Moses told the people the same day, saying, “These will stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you’ve passed over the Jordan: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali will stand on Mount Ebal for the punishment.”

     [14-15] The Levites will tell all the people of Israel with a loud voice, “Punishment will come to the one who makes a false god, which is a wrong to Yahweh, the work of the hands of the craftsperson, and sets it up in secret. All the people will answer and say, Amen.

     [16]  Punishment will come to the one who dishonors his father or mother. All the people will say, Amen.

     [17]  Punishment will come to the one who removes someone’s landmark. All the people will say, Amen.

     [18]  Punishment will come to the one who makes the blind go astray. All the people will say, Amen.

     [19] Punishment will come to those who are unfair in judgment to the foreigner, orphan, and death survivor. All the people will say, Amen.

     [20] Punishment will come to the one who has sex with his step mother, because he has shamed his father. All the people will say, Amen.

     [21] Punishment will come to the one who has sex with any kind of animal. All the people will say, Amen.

     [22]  Punishment will come to the one who has sex with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. All the people will say, Amen.

     [23]  Punishment will come to the one who has sex his mother-in-law. All the people will say, Amen.

     [24]  Punishment will come to the one who kills someone in secret. All the people will say, Amen.

     [25]  Punishment will come to the one who takes a bribe to kill an innocent person. All the people will say, Amen.

     [26]  Punishment will come to the one who doesn’t agree to do the words of this law. All the people will say, Amen.

     28[1-2] If you’ll listen carefully to the voice of Yahweh your God, to keep and do all God’s Laws which I tell you today, then Yahweh your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth and all these blessings will come on you, and overtake you, if you’ll listen to the voice of Yahweh your God.

     [3]   You’ll be blessed in the city, and You’ll be blessed in the field.

     [4]   Blessed will be your children, and the crops you grow in your ground, and the offspring of your animals, the young of your herd, and the young of your flock.

     [5] Blessed will be your food supply.

     [6] You’ll be blessed when you come in, and you’ll be blessed when you go out.

     [7] Yahweh will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be punished before you. They’ll come against you one way, but will run from you seven ways.

     [8] Yahweh will put a blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you do; and will bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

     [9-10] Yahweh will make you a holy people for God’s own self, as was promised to you; if you’ll keep the Laws of Yahweh your God, and follow God’s ways. All the peoples of the earth will see that you’re called by the name of Yahweh; and they’ll be afraid of you.

     [11-12] Yahweh will make you have plenty of everything good, your children, the offspring of your animals, and in the crops you grow in your ground, in the land which Yahweh promised to your ancestors to give you. Yahweh will open to you the riches of heaven, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You’ll lend to many nations, and won’t borrow.

     [13-14] Yahweh will make you the first, and not the last; and you’ll be above everyone, and won’t be beneath anyone; if you’ll listen to the Laws of Yahweh your God, which I tell you today, to keep and do them, and don’t turn away from any of the words which I tell you today, to go after and serve other gods.

     [15]  But it will happen, if you won’t listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to keep and do all God’s Laws and rules which I tell you today, that all these punishments will come on you, and overcome you.

     [16] You’ll be punished in the city, and you’ll be punished in the field.

     [17] Punished will be your food supply.

     [18] Punished will be your children, and the crops you grow in your ground, and the offspring of your animals, and the young of your flock.

     [19] You’ll be punished when you come in, and you’ll be punished when you go out.

     [20 Yahweh will send on you punishment, confusion, and correction, in all that you set out to do, until you’re destroyed, and until you die quickly; because of the evil of your doings, by which you’ve been unfaithful to Me.

     [21-22] Yahweh will make you have diseases, until you’re destroyed from off the land, where you go in for your own. Yahweh will hit you with disease, fever, swelling, burning pain, war, and with fungus and mildew; which will come to you until you die.

     [23-24] Your sky that’s over your head will be as hot and shining as brass and the earth that’s under you will be as hard as iron. Yahweh will make the rain of your land clouds of dust, which will come down on you from the sky, until you’re destroyed.

     [25] Yahweh will cause you to be punished before your enemies; you’ll come against them one way, and will run from them seven ways; and you’ll be spread all over the earth.

     [26]  Your dead bodies will be food for the birds of the sky, and the animals of the earth; and there won’t be anyone to scare them away.

     [27]  Yahweh will hit you with the swelling sores of Egypt, with tumors, scabs, and an itch, of which you can’t be healed.

     [28]  Yahweh will make you go crazy, and blind you, and shock your heart; and you’ll be searching in broad daylight like a blind person feels around in dark, and you won’t do well in anything you do, and you’ll always be abused and ruined, and there won’t be anyone to save you.

     [30]  You’ll get engaged, and another one will have sex with her. You’ll build a house, and won’t live in it. You’ll plant a garden, and won’t use any of the food from it. Your bull will be killed before your eyes, and you won’t eat any of it. Your donkey will be violently taken away from you, and won’t be given back to you. Your animals will be given to your enemies, and you won’t have anyone to save you.

     [32] Your children will be given to another people; and your eyes will look, and fail with longing for them all day long: and you’ll have no control over anything.

     [33-34] A nation which you don’t know will eat the crops of your ground, and destroy all of your work; and you’ll always be abused and ruined; so that you’ll be crazy from what your eyes see.

     [35] Yahweh will hit you with swelling sores, of which you can’t be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.

     [36-37] Yahweh will bring you and your ruler whom you set over you, to a nation that you’ve not known, you nor your ancestors, where you’ll serve false gods of wood and stone. All the peoples where Yahweh will lead you away will be shocked by you, have bad sayings about you, and will make fun of you.

     [38-40] You’ll plant many seeds in the field, but will gather little in because the locust will eat it. You’ll plant vineyards and keep them, but you won’t drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes because the grubs will eat them. You’ll have olive trees all over your land, but won’t rub the oil on yourself because your olive tree will drop its fruit.

     [41]  You’ll father children, but they won’t be yours because they’ll be taken by others.

     [42]  The insects will take over all your trees and the fruit of your ground.

     [43]  The foreigner who lives with you will become more and more powerful than you; while you have less and less control. They’ll lend to you, and you won’t be able to lend to them. They’ll be first, and you’ll be last.

     [45-48] All these punishments will come on you, and will chase you, and overtake you, until you’re destroyed because you didn’t listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to keep God’s Laws and rules which God told you. These punishments will come to you and your children forever as a sign and an amazing thing because you didn’t serve Yahweh your God with happiness, and weren’t pleased in your hearts because of all the things you had. So you’ll serve your enemies whom Yahweh will send against you, in hunger, thirst, nakedness, and in need of all things. God will take complete control of you until you’re destroyed.

     [49-52] Yahweh will bring a far off nation against you, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose language you won’t understand; a nation that looks harshly at you and won’t respect the old, nor show kindness to the young, and will eat the offspring of your animals, and the fruit of your ground, until you’re destroyed; that also won’t leave you grain, new wine, or oil, the offspring of your livestock, or the young of your flock, until they’ve caused you to die. They’ll surround you in all your cities, until your high and strongly built walls come down, in which you trusted, throughout all your land; and they’ll make war against you in all your cities throughout all your land, which Yahweh your God has given you.

     [53] You’ll eat the meat of your own children which come from your own body, whom Yahweh your God has given you, in the time of war and trouble when your enemies will abuse you.

     [54] The men who’s the gentlest and kindest among you, will turn against their own siblings, and against their own wives, and what’s left of their children; and won’t share with them any of the meat of the children they eat, because they don’t have anything left, in the war and trouble when your enemy will abuse you in all your cities.

[56        The gentlest and kindest woman among you, who would not even set the sole of her foot on the ground for gentleness and kindness, will turn against her husband, who she loved, and her children, and even her own babies. Yes, she’ll turn against her own children whom she’ll hold and secretly eat them out of need, in the war and in the trouble when your enemy will abuse you in your cities.

     [58-59] If you won’t do all the words of this law that are written in this book, so that you may respect this well known and fearful name, YAHWEH YOUR GOD; then Yahweh will make your troubles shocking, and the problems of your children will be very great troubles that last a long time, and they’ll have great sicknesses that last a long time.

     [60-62] God will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they’ll come on you. Also every sickness and trouble, which isn’t written in the book of this law, Yahweh will bring on you, until you’re destroyed. You’ll be left few in number, while you had as many people as the stars in the sky; because you didn’t listen to the voice of Yahweh your God.

     [63-64] As Yahweh is happy to do good to you, and to make you grow, so Yahweh will be happy to cause you to die, and to destroy you; and you’ll be taken from off the land where you go in to take for your own. Yahweh will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other; and there you’ll serve false gods, which you’ve not known, you nor your ancestors, of wood and stone.

     [65-66] You won’t have any peace among these nations and there’ll be no rest for you. There, Yahweh will give you great fear, and you’ll lose all hope, and have no spirit left. You won’t know if you’ll live or die; and you’ll be scared night and day, and won’t have any guarantee of your life.

     [67-68] In the morning you’ll say, I wish it were evening! and at evening you’ll say, I wish it were morning! for the fear you have in your heart, and for the things you see with your eyes. Yahweh will bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way of which I said to you, “You won’t see it anymore.” There you’ll offer yourselves to work for your enemies, and no one will hire you.

     29[1-4] These are the words of the promised agreement which Yahweh told Moses to make with the people of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the promised agreement which was made with them in Horeb. Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You’ve seen all that Yahweh did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his workers, and to all his land; the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs, and the great amazing things. But Yahweh hasn’t given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until today.

     [5-6]I’ve led you forty years in the countryside. Your clothes haven’t grown old on you, and your shoes haven’t grown old on your feet. You haven’t eaten bread, nor drunk wine or alcohol, so that you may know that I’m Yahweh your God.

     [7-8] When you came to this place, Sihon the ruler of Heshbon, and Og the ruler of Bashan, came out against us to fight, and we attacked them and took their land, and gave it to you, to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and to the half-family group of the Manassites.

     [9-10] So keep the words of this promised agreement, and do them, that you may do well in all that you do. All of you stand today before Yahweh your God; your leaders, your family groups, your elders, and your officers, and all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and your foreigner who’s with your camps, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who gets your water; that you may make the promised agreement with Yahweh your God, and accept God’s promise, which Yahweh your God makes with you today; that God may make you today a people to be God’s own people, and that Yahweh may be to you a God, as was told you, and as was promised to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

     [14-19] Not with you only do I make this promised agreement, but with all those who stand here with us today before Yahweh our God, and also with those who’s not yet here with us today (for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the nations through which you passed. You’ve seen their wrongs, and their false gods of wood, stone, silver and gold, which were among them. I tell you this in case there should be anyone among you, man or woman, family or family group, whose heart turns away today from Yahweh our God, to go and serve the false gods of those nations; And in case there should be among you a poisoned root of anger, who hears the words of this punishment, and says to themselves in their hearts, “I’ll have peace, even though I do what I want to do”, which would destroy us all.

     [20-21] Yahweh won’t spare them, but the anger of Yahweh’s jealousy will burn against that one, and all the punishment that’s written in this book will fall on them, and Yahweh will wipe out their name from the earth. Yahweh will set them apart for punishment out of all the family groups of Israel, according to all the punishments of the promised agreement that’s written in this Book of the Law.

     [22-24] The generation to come, your children who will rise up after you, and the foreigner who will come from a far land, will ask, when they see the troubles of that land, and the sicknesses with which Yahweh has made it sick; and that the whole land is sulfur, and salt, and burning, that it’s not planted, nor grows anything, nor has any grass growing in it, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which Yahweh angrily overthrew in God’s great anger; Yes, all the nations will ask, “Why has Yahweh done this to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?”

     [25-28] Then they’ll say, It was because they didn’t keep the promised agreement of Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, which was made with them when God brought them out of the land of Egypt, and went and served other gods, and worshiped them, false gods that they didn’t know, and that God hadn’t given to them. So Yahweh was angry at this land, and brought on it all the punishment that’s written in this book; and Yahweh rooted them out of their land in anger and in rage, being greatly offended, and sent them into another land, as at today.

     [29] Yahweh our God doesn’t tell us everything; but what God has told us is ours and our children’s forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

     30[1-3] When all these things are come on you, the blessing and the punishment, which I’ve set before you, and you remember them among all the nations, where Yahweh your God has driven you, if you’ll go back to Yahweh your God, and obey God’s words according to all that I tell you today, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul; then Yahweh your God will turn these things around for you, and have compassion on you, and will gather you back from all the peoples, where Yahweh your God has scattered you.

     [4-5] If any of you are in the farthest parts of the universe, Yahweh your God will gather you from there, and bring you back: and Yahweh your God will bring you back into the land which your ancestors took ownership of, and you’ll take ownership of it; and God will do good to you, and make you have more people than your ancestors.

     [6] Yahweh your God will break your heart, and the heart of your children, to make you love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, so that you may live.

     [7] Then Yahweh your God will put all these punishments on your enemies, and on those who hate you, who abused you.

     [8] You’ll go back and obey the voice of Yahweh, and do all God’s Laws which I tell you today.

     [9-10] Yahweh your God will make you have plenty from all that you do. You’ll have many children, many offspring from your animals, and plenty of food from your ground, for your good. Yahweh will again be happy over you for good, as God was happy over your ancestors; if you’ll obey the voice of Yahweh your God, to keep God’s Laws and rules which are written in this Book of the Law; if you turn to Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.

     [11-14] This judgment, which I tell you today, isn’t too hard for you to do, nor is it far off. It’s not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, and make us hear it, that we may do it?” Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, “Who will go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and make us hear it, that we may do it?” But the word is very near you. You can say the word with your mouth, and you know it in your heart, that you may do it.

     [15-16] See, today, I’ve set before you life and good, death and bad; in that I tell you today to love Yahweh your God, to follow God’s ways, and to keep God’s Laws, judgments, and rules, that you may live and grow, and that Yahweh your God may bless you in the land where you go to take for your own.

     [17-18] But if your heart turns away, and you won’t listen, but follow after those who will tempt you to worship other gods, and serve them; I tell to you today, that you’ll without a doubt die and won’t stay long in the land, where you pass over the Jordan to take for your own.

     [19-20] I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I’ve set before you life and death, the blessing and the punishment: so choose life, so that you and your children may live. Love Yahweh your God and obey God’s words, and hold on to God, who is your very life, and will give you long life; that you may live in the land which Yahweh promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

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