RS1022 – Class #4 – Abrahamic Religions
Deuteronomy 28: 1-37 -- Blessings for Obedience
If you will only obey the Lord your God, by diligently observing all his commandments that I am commanding you today,
the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth; all these blessings shall come upon you and
overtake you, if you obey the Lord your God:
3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your livestock, both the increase of your
cattle and the issue of your flock.
5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading-bowl.
6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one
way, and flee before you seven ways. The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns, and in all that you
undertake; he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. The Lord will establish you as his holy
people, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. All the
peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. The Lord will
make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground in
the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors to give you. The Lord will open for you his rich storehouse, the heavens,
to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all your undertakings. You will lend to many nations, but you will
not borrow. The Lord will make you the head, and not the tail; you shall be only at the top, and not at the bottom—if you
obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, by diligently observing them, and if 14
you do not turn aside from any of the words that I am commanding you today, either to the right or to the left, following
other gods to serve them.
15 But if you will not obey the Lord your God by diligently observing all his commandments and decrees, which I am
commanding you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you:
16 Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field.
17 Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading-bowl.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your ground, the increase of your cattle, and the issue of your flock.
19 Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
20 The Lord will send upon you disaster, panic, and frustration in everything you attempt to do, until you are destroyed
and perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me. The Lord will make the
pestilence cling to you until it has consumed you from the land that you are entering to possess. The Lord will afflict you
with consumption, fever, inflammation, with fiery heat and drought, and with blight and mildew; they shall pursue you until
you perish. The sky over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you iron. The Lord will change the rain of
your land into powder, and only dust shall come down upon you from the sky until you are destroyed. 25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out against them one way and flee before
them seven ways. You shall become an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. Your corpses shall be food for
every bird of the air and animal of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away. The Lord will afflict you
with the boils of Egypt, with ulcers, scurvy, and itch, of which you cannot be healed. The Lord will afflict you with
madness, blindness, and confusion of mind; you shall grope about at noon as blind people grope in darkness, but you
shall be unable to find your way; and you shall be continually abused and robbed, without anyone to help. You shall
become engaged to a woman, but another man shall lie with her. You shall build a house, but not live in it. You shall
plant a vineyard, but not enjoy its fruit. Your ox shall be butchered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it. Your
donkey shall be stolen in front of you, and shall not be restored to you. Your sheep shall be given to your enemies,
without anyone to help you. Your sons and daughters shall be given to another people, while you look on; you will
strain your eyes looking for them all day but be powerless to do anything. A people whom you do not know shall eat up
the fruit of your ground and of all your labours; you shall be continually abused and crushed, and driven mad by the
sight that your eyes shall see. The Lord will strike you on the knees and on the legs with grievous boils of which you
cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head. The Lord will bring you, and the king whom you
set over you, to a nation that neither you nor your ancestors have known, where you shall serve other gods, of wood and
stone. You shall become an object of horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the Lord will lead
Proverbs 3: 13-18 -- The True Wealth
Happy are those who find wisdom,
and those who get understanding,
for her income is better than silver,
her revenue better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.