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Leviticus 26 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Reward for Obedience

(Deu 7:12–24; 28:1–68 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:1 - “ ‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:2 - “ ‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:3 - “ ‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:4 - I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:5 - Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:6 - “ ‘I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:7 - You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:8 - Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:9 - “ ‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:10 - You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:11 - I will put my dwelling place[fn] among you, and I will not abhor you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:12 - I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:13 - I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

Punishment for Disobedience

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:14 - “ ‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:15 - and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:16 - then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:17 - I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:18 - “ ‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:19 - I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:20 - Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of your land yield their fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:21 - “ ‘If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:22 - I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:23 - “ ‘If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:24 - I myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:25 - And I will bring the sword on you to avenge the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:26 - When I cut off your supply of bread, ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:27 - “ ‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:28 - then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:29 - You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:30 - I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies[fn] on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:31 - I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:32 - I myself will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:33 - I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:34 - Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:35 - All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:36 - “ ‘As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:37 - They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:38 - You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:39 - Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their ancestors’ sins they will waste away.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:40 - “ ‘But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors—their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:41 - which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin,
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:42 - I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:43 - For the land will be deserted by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected my laws and abhorred my decrees.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:44 - Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am the LORD their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:45 - But for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the LORD.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxLev 26:46 - These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that the LORD established at Mount Sinai between himself and the Israelites through Moses.
NIV Footnotes
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