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Deuteronomy 27:15-26 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

15 [a]“Cursed be anyone who makes a carved or molten idol, an abomination to the Lord, the work of a craftsman’s hands, and sets it up in secret!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

16 “Cursed be anyone who dishonors father or mother!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

17 “Cursed be anyone who moves a neighbor’s boundary markers!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

18 “Cursed be anyone who misleads the blind on their way!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

19 “Cursed be anyone who deprives the resident alien, the orphan or the widow of justice!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

20 “Cursed be anyone who has relations with his father’s wife, for he dishonors his father’s bed!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

21 “Cursed be anyone who has relations with any animal!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

22 “Cursed be anyone who has relations with his sister, whether his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

23 “Cursed be anyone who has relations with his mother-in-law!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

24 “Cursed be anyone who strikes down a neighbor in secret!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

25 “Cursed be anyone who accepts payment to kill an innocent person!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

26 “Cursed be anyone whose actions do not uphold the words of this law!” And all the people shall answer, “Amen!”

Footnotes:

  1. 27:15–26 The ceremony described here reflects the structure of covenant. The people assent to the directives their covenant Lord sets forth; their “Amen” ratifies the proscription of idolatry, injustice, incest, murder, and infidelity in general. Thus the “love” of the Lord which is at the heart of Israel’s existence as his covenant people (6:4–5) is spelled out in terms of particular actions. The “Amen” is an acceptance of the curses or sanctions entailed by breaking faith with the Lord. Cf. 30:15–20, a concise statement of covenant theology.
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