1 And it shall come to pass, when all these
things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before
thee, and thou shalt bethink thyself among all the nations, whither HaShem thy
G-d hath driven thee,
2 and shalt return unto HaShem thy G-d, and hearken to His
voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul;
3 that then HaShem thy G-d will turn thy captivity, and have
compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the peoples,
whither HaShem thy G-d hath scattered thee.
4 If any of thine that are dispersed be in the uttermost
parts of heaven, from thence will HaShem thy G-d gather thee, and from thence
will He fetch thee.
5 And HaShem thy G-d will bring thee into the land which thy
fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and He will do thee good, and
multiply thee above thy fathers.
6 And HaShem thy G-d will circumcise thy heart, and the heart
of thy seed, to love HaShem thy G-d with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
that thou mayest live.
7 And HaShem thy G-d will put all these curses upon thine
enemies, and on them that hate thee, that persecuted thee.
8 And thou shalt return and hearken to the voice of HaShem,
and do all His commandments which I command thee this day.
9 And HaShem thy G-d will make thee over-abundant in all the
work of thy hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and
in the fruit of thy land, for good; for HaShem will again rejoice over thee for
good, as He rejoiced over thy fathers;
10 if thou shalt hearken to the voice of HaShem thy G-d, to
keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the
law; if thou turn unto HaShem thy G-d with all thy heart, and with all thy soul.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is
not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say: 'Who shall
go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we
may do it?'
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say:
'Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it,
that we may do it?'
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in
thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and
death and evil,
16 in that I command thee this day to love HaShem thy G-d, to
walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His
ordinances; then thou shalt live and multiply, and HaShem thy G-d shall bless
thee in the land whither thou goest in to possess it.
17 But if thy heart turn away, and thou wilt not hear, but
shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I declare unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish;
ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over the
Jordan to go in to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day,
that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse;
therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed;
20 to love HaShem thy G-d, to hearken to His voice, and to
cleave unto Him; for that is thy life, and the length of thy days; that thou
mayest dwell in the land which HaShem swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to
Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved