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Deuteronomy 29:1-29

29  These are the terms of the covenant Jehovah commanded Moses to make with the sons of Israel in Moab, besides the covenant he had made with them at Horeb. 2  And Moses called all Israel and said to them “You have seen all that Jehovah did before your eyes in Egypt to the Pharaoh and all his subjects and all his country, 3  the great tests that your eyes saw and those tokens and prodigies; 4  but Jehovah did not give you a heart to know nor eyes to see nor ears to hear, to this day. 5*  And I took you through the wilderness for forty years: your clothes and shoes did not give out, 6  you did not eat bread nor drink wine or beer, in order that you might know that I am your God Jehovah. 7  And you came this place and King Sihon of Heshbon and King ‘Og of the Bashan came out to meet us in battle, and we defeated them 8  and took their country and gave it as a domain to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh. 9  So keep the terms of this covenant and live up to them, in order that you may do well in everything you have in hand. 10*  “You have taken your stand today before your God Jehovah, your chiefs, your tribes, your elders, and your marshals, all the men of Israel, 11  your children, your wives, and your foreign inmates in your camp, your wood-gatherer and your water-carrier, 12  to pass into the scope of your God Jehovah’s covenant and adjuration in which your God Jehovah engages with you today 13  in order to establish you today as his people and himself as your God, as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 14  And it is not with you alone that I am engaging in this covenant and adjuration, 15  but it is with him who is standing here with us today before your God Jehovah and with him who is not here with us today, 16  because you know how we lived in Egypt and how we passed through the midst of the nations we did pass through, 17*  and you have seen their trash of fetishes, wood and stone, silver and gold, that they have among them, 18*  that there may not be in your community a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart turns today from our God to go worshiping the gods of those nations; that there may not be among you a root that bears opium and wormwood, 19*  and when he hears the words of this adjuration he inwardly blesses himself, saying ‘All right for me though I do walk in my willful way,’ so as to sweep away meadow with sandbank. 20*  Jehovah will not consent to forgive him, but Jehovah’s anger and jealousy will then be smoking hot against that man, and all the adjuration written in this book will stick fast to him, and Jehovah will obliterate his name from under the heavens, 21  and Jehovah will set him apart out of all the tribes of Israel for disaster in accordance with all the adjuration of the covenant written in this book of the code. 22  “And the later generation, your sons who stand up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a distant country, who sees the blows that fall on that country and the infections Jehovah will taint it with, 23  sulfur and alkali, all the country burnt over, never planted, never sprouting, no green things growing in it, like the place of the overthrow of Sodom and Ghomorrah, Admah and Sebojim, which Jehovah overthrew in his anger and choler,— 24  all the nations will say ‘On what account did Jehovah do like that to this country? what does this great anger mean?’ 25  and they will say ‘On account of their having abandoned the covenant of their fathers’ God Jehovah which he had made with them when he brought them out of Egypt, 26  and gone and worshiped other gods and done reverence to them, gods that they had never known nor had them allotted to them; 27  and Jehovah was angry with this country, bringing upon it all the curse written in this book, 28  and Jehovah uprooted them from their soil in anger and resentment and great wrath and threw them into another country as at this day.’ 29  “Veiled things belong to our God Jehovah, but revealed things to us and our children forever, to live up to all the points of this code.

Footnotes

29:5 Lit. your clothes did not wear out off from you nor your shoes wear out off from your feet
29:10 Var. your tribe-chiefs and your elders and your judges and your marshals Conj. your chiefs, your judges, your elders, and your marshals or the chiefs of your tribes, your elders, and your marshals
29:17 Lit. their trash and their fetishes
29:18 (opium) Unc.
29:19 Lit. sweep away the watered with the thirsty (land)
29:20 Var. will lie in wait for him, and