1 Ye shall make you no idols, neither shall ye rear you up a
graven image, or a pillar, neither shall ye place any figured stone in your
land, to bow down unto it; for I am HaShem your G-d.
2 Ye shall keep My sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary: I am
3 If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do
4 then I will give your rains in their season, and the land
shall yield her produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the
vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye shall eat your bread until ye
have enough, and dwell in your land safely.
6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down,
and none shall make you afraid; and I will cause evil beasts to cease out of the
land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
7 And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before
you by the sword.
8 And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you
shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
9 And I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful,
and multiply you; and will establish My covenant with you.
10 And ye shall eat old store long kept, and ye shall bring
forth the old from before the new.
11 And I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall
not abhor you.
12 And I will walk among you, and will be your G-d, and ye
shall be My people.
13 I am HaShem your G-d, who brought you forth out of the
land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bars
of your yoke, and made you go upright.
14 But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all
15 and if ye shall reject My statutes, and if your soul abhor
Mine ordinances, so that ye will not do all My commandments, but break My
16 I also will do this unto you: I will appoint terror over
you, even consumption and fever, that shall make the eyes to fail, and the soul
to languish; and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
17 And I will set My face against you, and ye shall be
smitten before your enemies; they that hate you shall rule over you; and ye
shall flee when none pursueth you.
18 And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me,
then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins.
19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make
your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.
20 And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land
shall not yield her produce, neither shall the trees of the land yield their
21 And if ye walk contrary unto Me, and will not hearken unto
Me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
22 And I will send the beast of the field among you, which
shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in
number; and your ways shall become desolate.
23 And if in spite of these things ye will not be corrected
unto Me, but will walk contrary unto Me;
24 then will I also walk contrary unto you; and I will smite
you, even I, seven times for your sins.
25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute the
vengeance of the covenant; and ye shall be gathered together within your cities;
and I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the
hand of the enemy.
26 When I break your staff of bread, ten women shall bake
your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver your bread again by weight; and
ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
27 And if ye will not for all this hearken unto Me, but walk
contrary unto Me;
28 then I will walk contrary unto you in fury; and I also
will chastise you seven times for your sins.
29 And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of
your daughters shall ye eat.
30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your
sun-pillars, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols; and My
soul shall abhor you.
31 And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your
sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet
32 And I will bring the land into desolation; and your
enemies that dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
33 And you will I scatter among the nations, and I will draw
out the sword after you; and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities
shall be a waste.
34 Then shall the land be paid her sabbaths, as long as it
lieth desolate, and ye are in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest,
and repay her sabbaths.
35 As long as it lieth desolate it shall have rest; even the
rest which it had not in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.
36 And as for them that are left of you, I will send a
faintness into their heart in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a
driven leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as one fleeth from the sword;
and they shall fall when none pursueth.
37 And they shall stumble one upon another, as it were before
the sword, when none pursueth; and ye shall have no power to stand before your
38 And ye shall perish among the nations, and the land of
your enemies shall eat you up.
39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their
iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers
shall they pine away with them.
40 And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of
their fathers, in their treachery which they committed against Me, and also that
they have walked contrary unto Me.
41 I also will walk contrary unto them, and bring them into
the land of their enemies; if then perchance their uncircumcised heart be
humbled, and they then be paid the punishment of their iniquity;
42 then will I remember My covenant with Jacob, and also My
covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I
will remember the land.
43 For the land shall lie forsaken without them, and shall be
paid her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them; and they shall be paid
the punishment of their iniquity; because, even because they rejected Mine
ordinances, and their soul abhorred My statutes.
44 And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their
enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them
utterly, and to break My covenant with them; for I am HaShem their G-d.
45 But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their
ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the
nations, that I might be their G-d: I am HaShem.
46 These are the statutes and ordinances and laws, which
HaShem made between Him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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