Levítico 26

1 »‘Do not make idols or set up statues, stone pillars, or carved stones to worship. I am Jehovah your God!

2 »‘Keep the religious festivals and honor the place where I am worshiped. I am Jehovah.

3 »‘If you live according to my laws and obey my commands,

4 »‘I will send you rain at the proper time. Then the land will produce crops and the trees will bear fruit.

5 »‘Your crops will be so plentiful that you will still be harvesting grain when it is time to pick grapes. You will still be picking grapes when it is time to plant grain. You will have all you want to eat and you will live in safety in your land.

6 »‘I will give you peace in your land. You can sleep without being afraid of anyone. I will get rid of the dangerous animals in the land. And there will be no more war there.

7 »‘You will be victorious over your enemies.

8 »‘Five of you will be able to defeat a hundred, and a hundred will be able to defeat ten thousand.

9 »‘I will bless you and give you many children. I will keep my part of the covenant that I made with you.

10 »‘Your harvests will be so plentiful that they will last for a year. Even after that you will have to throw away what is left of the old harvest to make room for the new!

11 »‘I will live among you in my sacred tent, and I will never turn away from you.

12 »‘So I will live among you and be your God, and you will be my people.

13 »‘I am Jehovah your God. I brought you out of Egypt so that you are no longer slaves of the Egyptians. I have broken their power over you and made you live as a free people.

14 »‘If you will not listen to me and obey all these commandments,

15 if you reject my laws and look at my rules with disgust, if you reject my promise by disobeying my commandments,

16 then this is what I will do to you: I will terrorize you with disease and fever. You will suffer from eye problems and depression. You will plant your crops and get nothing because your enemies will eat them.

17 »‘I will condemn you so that you will go down in defeat in front of your enemies. Those who hate you will be your rulers. You will run away even when no one is chasing you.

18 »‘If you still will not listen to me, I will discipline you seven times for your sins.

19 »‘I will crush your arrogance. You will have no rain, and your land will be as hard as cement.

20 »‘Your strength will be spent uselessly. Your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit.

21 »‘If you act with hostility against me and are unwilling to obey me I will increase the plague on you seven times according to your sins.

22 »‘I will send wild animals among you. They will rob you of your children. They will destroy your cattle, and make you so few that your roads will be deserted.

23 »‘If this discipline does not help and you still resist,

24 »‘I will resist you. I will punish you seven times for your sins.

25 »‘I will bring war on you to get revenge for my promise you rejected. When you gather in your cities, I will send plagues on you and you will fall under the control of your enemy.

26 »‘I will destroy your food supply. Ten women will need only one oven to prepare your food. You will eat and go away hungry.

27 »‘If in spite of this you do not listen to me and still resist me,

28 »‘I will resist you with great fury. I will discipline you seven times for your sins.

29 »‘You will eat the bodies of your sons and daughters.

30 »‘I will destroy your worship sites. I will cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on top of your dead idols. I will view you with disgust.

31 »‘I will make your cities deserted and ruin your sacred places. I will no longer accept the soothing aroma from your sacrifices.

32 »‘I will make your land so deserted that your enemies will be shocked as they settle in it.

33 »‘I will scatter you among the nations. War will follow you. Your country will be in ruins. Your cities will be deserted.

34 »‘Then the land will enjoy its time to honor Jehovah while it lies deserted. You will be in your enemies' land. Then the land will joyfully celebrate its time to honor Jehovah.

35 »‘All the days it lies deserted, it will celebrate the time to honor Jehovah it never celebrated while you lived there.

36 »‘I will fill those who are left in the land of their enemies with despair. The sound of a windblown leaf will make them run. They will run away and fall, but no one will be chasing them.

37 »‘They will stumble over each other. Yet no one will be after them. They will not be able to stand up to their enemies.

38 »‘They will be destroyed among the nations. The land of their enemies will devour them.

39 »‘Those who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins and the sins of their ancestors.

40 »‘However if they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors and the treacherous things they did to oppose me,

41 »‘I will oppose them and bring them into the lands of their enemies. Then, if they humble their uncircumcised hearts and accept their guilt,

42 »‘I will remember my promise to Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. I will also remember the land.

43 »‘The land, abandoned by them, will enjoy its time to honor Jehovah while it lies deserted without them. They must accept their guilt because they rejected my rules and looked at my laws with disgust.

44 »‘Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or look at them with disgust. I will not reject or cancel my promise to them, because I am Jehovah their God.

45 »‘For their well being, I will remember the promise to their ancestors. I brought them out of Egypt to be their God while nations looked on. I am Jehovah!’«

46 These are the laws, rules, and instructions Jehovah gave to the Israelites through Moses on Mount Sinai.