1 “And it shall be, if you diligently
obey the voice of יהוה your
Elohim, to guard to do all His commands
which I command you today, that יהוה
your Elohim shall set you high above all nations of the earth.
2 “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
if you obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim:
3 “Blessed are you in the city, and
blessed are you in the field.
4 “Blessed is the fruit of your body, and
the fruit of your ground and the fruit of
your livestock – the increase of your cattle
and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed is your basket and your
6 “Blessed are you when you come in,
and blessed are you when you go out.
7“יהוה causes your enemies who rise
against you to be smitten before your face
– they come out against you one way and
flee before you seven ways.
8“יהוה commands the blessing on you in
your storehouses and in all to which you
set your hand, and shall bless you in the
land which יהוה your Elohim is giving
9“יהוה does establish you as a set-apart
people to Himself, as He has sworn to you,
if you guard the commands of יהוה your
Elohim and walk in His ways.
10“And all peoples of the earth shall see
that the Name of יהוה is called upon you,
and they shall be afraid of you.
11“And יהוה shall make you to have
plenty of what is good, in the fruit of your
body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in
the fruit of your ground, in the land of
which יהוה swore to your fathers to give
12 “יהוה opens to you His good treasure,
the heavens, to give the rain to your land in
its season, and to bless all the work of your
hand. And you shall lend to many nations,
but you do not borrow.
13 “And יהוה shall make you the head and
not the tail. And you shall be only on top,
and not be beneath, if you obey the
commands of יהוה your Elohim, which I
command you today, to guard and do.
14 “And do not turn aside from any of the
Words which I am commanding you
today, right or left, to go after other mighty
ones to serve them.
15 “And it shall be, if you do not obey the
voice of יהוה your Elohim, to guard to do
all His commands and His laws which I
command you today, that all these curses
shall come upon you and overtake you:
16 “Cursed are you in the city, and cursed
are you in the field.
17 “Cursed is your basket and your kneading
18 “Cursed is the fruit of your body and
the fruit of your land, the increase of your
cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
19 “Cursed are you when you come in,
and cursed are you when you go out.
20 “יהוה sends on you the curse, the confusion,
and the rebuke in all that you set
your hand to do, until you are destroyed
and until you perish quickly, because of
the evil of your doings by which you have
21 “יהוה makes the plague cling to you
until He has consumed you from the land
which you are going to possess.
22 “יהוה smites you with wasting disease,
and with inflammation, and with burning,
and with extreme heat, and with the sword,
and with blight, and with mildew. And
they shall pursue you until you perish.
23 “And your heavens which are over your
head shall be bronze, and the earth which
is under you iron.
24 “יהוה makes the rain of your land powder
and dust; from the heavens it comes
down on you until you are destroyed.
25 “יהוה causes you to be defeated before
your enemies – you go out one way against
them and flee seven ways before them.
And you shall become a horror to all the
reigns of the earth.
26 “And your carcasses shall be food for
all the birds of the heavens and the beasts
of the earth, with no one to frighten them
27 “יהוה shall smite you with the boils of
Mitsrayim, with tumours, with the scab,
and with the itch, from which you are
unable to be healed.
28 “יהוה shall smite you with madness
and blindness and bewilderment of heart.
29 “And you shall be groping at noon, as a
blind man gropes in darkness, and not
prosper in your ways. And you shall be
only oppressed and plundered all the days,
with no one to save you.
30 “You become engaged to a wife, but
another man does lie with her. You build a
house, but do not dwell in it. You plant a
vineyard, but do not use its fruit.
31 “Your ox is slaughtered before your
eyes, but you do not eat of it. Your donkey
is violently taken from before you, and it is
not given back to you. Your sheep are
given to your enemies, with no one to save
32 “Your sons and your daughters are
given to another people, and your eyes
look and fail for them all day long, and
your hand powerless.
33 “A people whom you have not known
eat the fruit of your land and all your
labours. And you shall be only oppressed
and crushed all the days.
34 “And you shall be maddened because
of the sight which your eyes see.
35 “יהוה smites you in the knees and on
the legs with evil boils of which you are
unable to be healed, and from the sole of
your foot to the top of your head.
36 “יהוה brings you and the sovereign
whom you set over you to a nation which
neither you nor your fathers have known,
and there you shall serve other mighty
ones, wood and stone.
37 “Thus you shall become an astonishment,
a proverb, and a mockery among all
the peoples to which יהוה drives you.
38 “You take much seed out into the field
but gather little in, for the locust consumes it.
39 “You plant vineyards, and shall labour,
but you neither drink of the wine nor
gather, for the worm eats it.
40 “You have olive trees in all your
border, but do not anoint with oil, for your
olives drop off.
41 “You bring forth sons and daughters,
but they are not with you, for they go into
42 “Locusts possess all your trees and the
fruit of your ground.
43 “The sojourner who is among you rises
higher and higher above you, but you
come down lower and lower.
44 “He lends to you, but you do not lend to
him. He is the head, and you are the tail.
45 “And all these curses shall come upon
you, and they shall pursue and overtake
you, until you are destroyed, because you
did not obey the voice of יהוה your
Elohim, to guard His commands and His
laws which He commanded you.
46 “And they shall be upon you for a
sign and for a wonder, and on your seed, forever.
47 “Because you did not serve יהוה your
Elohim with joy and gladness of heart for all the plenty,
48 you shall serve your enemies whom
יהוה sends against you, in hunger, and in
thirst, and in nakedness, and in need of all.
And he shall put a yoke of iron on your
neck until he has destroyed you.
49 “יהוה brings a nation against you from
afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as
the eagle flies, a nation whose language
you shall not understand,
50 a fierce-looking nation, which shows
no regard for the elderly nor show favour
to the young,
51 and they shall eat the fruit of your livestock
and the fruit of your land, until you
are destroyed. They leave you no grain,
nor new wine, nor oil, nor the increase of
your cattle or the offspring of your flocks,
until they have destroyed you.
52 “And they shall besiege you at all your
gates till your high and fenced walls, in
which you are trusting, come down in all
your land. And they shall besiege you at all
your gates in all your land which יהוה your
Elohim has given you.
53 “And you shall eat the fruit of your own
body, the flesh of your sons and your
daughters whom יהוה your Elohim has
given you, in the siege and distress in
which your enemies distress you.
54 “The man among you who is tender,
and who is very delicate, his eye is evil
against his brother, against the wife of his
bosom, and against the rest of his children
whom he leaves behind,
55 against giving any of them the flesh of
his children that he eats, because it is all
that has been left to him in the siege and
distress with which your enemy distresses
you in all your gates.
56 “The tender and the delicate woman
among you, who have not tried to set the
sole of her foot on the ground because of
her delicateness and tenderness, her eye is
evil against the husband of her bosom, and
against her son, and against her daughter,
57 and against her seed which comes out
from between her feet, and her children
whom she bears, for she eats them in secret
for lack of all, in the siege and distress
with which your enemy distresses you in
all your gates.
58 “If you do not guard to do all the Words
of this Torah that are written in this book,
to fear this esteemed and awesome Name,
יהוה your Elohim,
59 then יהוה shall bring upon you and
your descendants extraordinary plagues,
great and lasting plagues, and grievous and
60 “And He shall bring back on you all the
diseases of Mitsrayim, of which you were
afraid, and they shall cling to you,
61 also every sickness and every plague,
which is not written in the book of this
Torah, יהוה does bring upon you until you
62 “And you shall be left with few men,
although you had become as numerous as
the stars of the heavens, because you did
not obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim.
63 “And it shall be, that as יהוה rejoiced
over you to do you good and increase you,
so יהוה does rejoice over you to destroy
you and lay you waste. And you shall be
plucked from off the land which you go to
64 “And יהוה shall scatter you among all
peoples, from one end of the earth to the
other, and there you shall serve other
mighty ones, which neither you nor your
fathers have known, wood and stone.
65 “And among those nations you are to
find no rest, nor have a resting place for
the sole of your foot. But there יהוה shall
give you a trembling heart, and failing
eyes, and sorrow of being.
66 “And your life shall be hanging in suspense
before you, and you shall fear day
and night, and not be certain of your life.
67 “In the morning you say, ‘Oh, that it
were evening!’ And at evening you say,
‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the
fear of your heart, with which you fear,
and because of the sight which your eyes see.
68 “And יהוה shall bring you back to
Mitsrayim in ships, by a way of which I
said to you, ‘You are never to see it again.’
And there you shall be sold to your
enemies as male and female slaves, but no
one to buy.”