The Curses of Mount Ebal
1 Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged the people, saying, "Keep all the commandments which I command you today. 2 "So R789 it shall be on the day when you cross the Jordan to the land which the LORD your God gives you, that you shall set up for yourself large stones and coat them with lime 3 and write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over, so that you may enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, a R790 land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised F409 you. 4 "So it shall be when you cross the Jordan, you shall set up on R791 Mount Ebal, these stones, as F410 I am commanding you today, and you shall coat them with lime. 5 "Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall R792 not wield F411 an iron tool on them. 6 "You shall build the altar of the LORD your God of uncut F412 stones, and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the LORD your God; 7 and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and eat there, and rejoice R793 before the LORD your God. 8 "You shall write on the stones F413 all the words of this law very distinctly."
9 Then Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying, "Be silent and listen, O Israel! This day you have become a people for the LORD your God. 10 "You shall therefore obey F414 the LORD your God, and do His commandments and His statutes which I command you today."
11 Moses also charged the people on that day, saying, 12 "When you cross the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount R794 Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, R795 Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. 13 "For the curse, these shall stand on Mount Ebal: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14 "The Levites shall then answer and say to all the men of Israel with a loud voice,
15 `Cursed is the man who makes an R796 F415 idol or a molten image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all R797 the people shall answer and say, `Amen.'
16 `Cursed R798 is he who dishonors his father or mother.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
17 `Cursed R799 is he who moves his neighbor's boundary mark.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
18 `Cursed R800 is he who misleads a blind person on the road.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
19 `Cursed R801 is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, F416 and widow.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
20 `Cursed R802 is he who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's skirt.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
21 `Cursed R803 is he who lies with any animal.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
22 `Cursed R804 is he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or of his mother.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
23 `Cursed R805 is he who lies with his mother-in-law.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
24 `Cursed R806 is he who strikes his neighbor in secret.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
25 `Cursed R807 is he who accepts a bribe to strike down an innocent person.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
26 `Cursed R808 is he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.' And all the people shall say, `Amen.'
F409: Lit spoke to
F410: Lit which
F411: Lit lift up
F412: Lit whole
F413: I.e. stones coated with lime, cf v 4
F414: Lit listen to the voice of
F415: Or a graven image
F416: Or fatherless
R789: Joshua 8:30-32
R790: Deuteronomy 26:9
R791: Deuteronomy 11:29; Joshua 8:30
R792: Exodus 20:25; Joshua 8:31
R793: Deuteronomy 26:11
R794: Deuteronomy 11:29
R795: Joshua 8:33-35
R796: Exodus 20:4,23; 34:17; Leviticus 19:4; 26:1; Deuteronomy 4:16,23; 5:8; Isaiah 44:9
R797: 1 Corinthians 14:16
R798: Exodus 20:12; 21:17; Leviticus 19:3; 20:9; Deuteronomy 5:16; Ezekiel 22:7
R799: Deuteronomy 19:14; Proverbs 22:28
R800: Leviticus 19:14
R801: Exodus 22:21; 23:9; Leviticus 19:33; Deuteronomy 10:18; 24:17
R802: Leviticus 18:8; 20:11; Deuteronomy 22:30; 1 Corinthians 5:1
R803: Exodus 22:19; Leviticus 18:23; 20:15
R804: Leviticus 18:9; 20:17
R805: Leviticus 20:14
R806: Exodus 21:12; Leviticus 24:17; Numbers 35:30,31
R807: Exodus 23:7; Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalms 15:5; Ezekiel 22:12
R808: Psalms 119:21; Jeremiah 11:3; Galatians 3:10