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Deuteronomy 27:1-26

27  And Moses and the elders of Israel gave the people a command, “Keep all of this commandment that I am giving you today, 2  and on the day that you cross the Jordan into the country your God Jehovah is giving to you set up great stones and coat them with plaster 3  and write on them all the words of this code, when you go across, in order that you may come into the country your God Jehovah is giving to you, a country that runs milk and honey, as your fathers’ God Jehovah promised you. 4  And when you cross the Jordan you shall set up on Mount ʽEbal these stones about which I am giving you this order today, and coat them with plaster; 5  and you shall build an altar there to your God Jehovah, an altar of stones to which you do not put iron. 6  Of natural stones you shall build the altar of your God Jehovah, and offer on it burnt-offerings to your God Jehovah 7  and sacrifice welfare-sacrifices, and eat there and rejoice before your God Jehovah. 8  And you shall write on the stones all the words of this code very plainly.” 9  And Moses and the Levite priests spoke to all Israel, saying “Be quiet and listen, Israel: this day you have become your God Jehovah’ own people, 10  and you are to obey your God Jehovah and live up to his commandments and usages which I am enjoining on you today.” 11  And on that day Moses gave the people the order 12  “These shall stand to bless the people, on Mount Gerizzim, when you cross the Jordan: Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issacar and Joseph and Benjamin. 13  And these shall stand for the curse, on Mount ʽEbal: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14  And the Levites shall testify to all the men of Israel in a loud voice, 15  “‘Cursed is the man who makes a statue of any material, an abomination to Jehovah, a work of a craftsman’s hands, and sets it up in secret’; and all the people shall answer ‘Amen.’ 16  “‘Cursed is he who treats his father and mother disrespectfully’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 17  “‘Cursed is he who displaces his neighbor’s boundary-mark’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 18  “‘Cursed is he who misdirects a blind man on his way’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 19*  “‘Cursed is he who warps the law against an immigrant, an orphan, or a widow’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 20  “‘Cursed is he who lies with his father’s wife, because he has turned back the flap of his father’s blanket’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 21  “‘Cursed is he who lies with any beast’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 22  “‘Cursed is he who lies with his sister, his father’s daughter or his mother’s’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 23  “‘Cursed is he who lies with his mother-in-law’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 24  “‘Cursed is he who strikes his neighbor down in secret’; and the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 25  “‘Cursed is he who takes a bribe to strike at life, shedding innocent blood’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’ 26  “‘Cursed is he who does not accept all the clauses of this code to live by them’; and all the people shall say ‘Amen.’

Footnotes

27:19 Or who overrides the rights of an