1 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them: Ye
have seen all that HaShem did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto
Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;
2 the great trials which thine eyes saw, the signs and those
3 but HaShem hath not given you a heart to know, and eyes to
see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
4 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your
clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.
5 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or
strong drink; that ye might know that I am HaShem your G-d.
6 And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon,
and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them.
7 And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto
the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of the Manassites.
8 Observe therefore the words of this covenant, and do them,
that ye may make all that ye do to prosper.
9 Ye are standing this day all of you before HaShem your G-d:
your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of
10 your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in
the midst of thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water;
11 that thou shouldest enter into the covenant of HaShem thy
G-d--and into His oath--which HaShem thy G-d maketh with thee this day;
12 that He may establish thee this day unto Himself for a
people, and that He may be unto thee a G-d, as He spoke unto thee, and as He
swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
13 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this
14 but with him that standeth here with us this day before
HaShem our G-d, and also with him that is not here with us this day--
15 for ye know how we dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we
came through the midst of the nations through which ye passed;
16 and ye have seen their detestable things, and their idols,
wood and stone, silver and gold, which were with them--
17 lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family,
or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from HaShem our G-d, to go to serve
the gods of those nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth
gall and wormwood;
18 and it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this
curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying: 'I shall have peace, though I
walk in the stubbornness of my heart--that the watered be swept away with the
19 HaShem will not be willing to pardon him, but then the
anger of HaShem and His jealousy shall be kindled against that man, and all the
curse that is written in this book shall lie upon him, and HaShem shall blot out
his name from under heaven;
20 and HaShem shall separate him unto evil out of all the
tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that is written in
this book of the law.
21 And the generation to come, your children that shall rise
up after you, and the foreigner that shall come from a far land, shall say, when
they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses wherewith HaShem hath made
22 and that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt,
and a burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein,
like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which HaShem
overthrew in His anger, and in His wrath;
23 even all the nations shall say 'Wherefore hath HaShem done
thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?'
24 then men shall say: 'Because they forsook the covenant of
HaShem, the G-d of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them
forth out of the land of Egypt;
25 and went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods
that they knew not, and that He had not allotted unto them;
26 therefore the anger of HaShem was kindled against this
land, to bring upon it all the curse that is written in this book;
27 and HaShem rooted them out of their land in anger, and in
wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this
28 The secret things belong unto HaShem our G-d; but the
things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we
may do all the words of this law.
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