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Deuteronomy 27 Expanded Bible (EXB)

The Law Written on Stones

27 Then Moses, along with the elders of Israel, commanded the people, saying, “Keep all the commands I have ·given [commanded] you today. Soon you will cross the Jordan River to go into the land the Lord your God is giving you. On that day set up some large stones and cover them with plaster. When you cross over, write all the words of these ·teachings [laws; instructions] on them. Then you may enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, a ·fertile land [L land flowing with milk and honey; Ex. 3:8], just as the Lord, the God of your ·ancestors [fathers], promised. After you have crossed the Jordan River, set up these stones on Mount Ebal [11:29; Josh. 8:30–35], as I command you today, and cover them with plaster. Build an altar of stones there to the Lord your God, but don’t use any iron tool to cut the stones [Ex. 20:25]; build the altar of the Lord your God with ·stones from the field [uncut stones; L whole stones]. Offer burnt offerings [Lev. 1:1–17] on it to the Lord your God, and offer ·fellowship [or peace; well-being] offerings [Lev. 3:1] there, and eat them and rejoice before the Lord your God. Then write clearly all the words of these ·teachings [laws; instructions] on the stones.”

Curses of the Law

Then Moses and the Levites who were priests spoke to all Israel and said, “Be ·quiet [silent], Israel. Listen! Today you have become the people of the Lord your God. 10 ·Obey [L Listen to the voice of] the Lord your God, and keep his commands and ·laws [statutes; ordinances; requirements] that I ·give [command] you today.”

11 That day Moses also gave the people this command:

12 When you cross the Jordan River, these tribes must stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin. 13 And these tribes must stand on Mount Ebal to announce the curses: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali [C these two mountains form a natural amphitheatre].

14 The Levites will say to all the people of Israel in a loud voice:

15 “Anyone will be cursed who makes an idol or statue and secretly sets it up, because the Lord ·hates [detests] the ·idols people make [L the work of the hand of an artisan; 5:8–10; Ex. 20:3–5; 34:17; Is. 44:9–20].”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

16 “Anyone will be cursed who dishonors his father or mother [5:16; Ex. 20:12; 21:17; Lev. 20:9].”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

17 “Anyone will be cursed who moves ·the stone that marks a neighbor’s border [L a neighbor’s boundary marker; 19:14; Job 24:2–4; Prov. 23:10–11; Hos. 5:10].”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

18 “Anyone will be cursed who ·sends [misleads] a blind person down the wrong road [Lev. 19:14].”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

19 “Anyone will be cursed who is ·unfair [deprives justice] to ·foreigners [resident aliens], orphans, or widows.”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

20 “A man will be cursed who ·has sexual relations [L lies] with his father’s wife, because it ·is a dishonor to [L uncovers the skirt of; Lev. 18:7–8; 20:11] his father.”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

21 “Anyone will be cursed who ·has sexual relations [L lies] with an animal [Ex. 22:19; Lev. 18:23; 20:15].”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

22 “A man will be cursed who ·has sexual relations [L lies] with his sister, whether she is his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter [Lev. 18:9, 11; 20:17].”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

23 “A man will be cursed who ·has sexual relations [L lies] with his mother-in-law [Lev. 18:17; 20:14].”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

24 “Anyone will be cursed who ·kills [L strikes] a neighbor secretly.”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

25 “Anyone will be cursed who takes ·money [a bribe] to ·murder [L strike] an innocent person [Ex. 23:8].”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

26 “Anyone will be cursed who does not ·agree with [confirm] the words of these ·teachings [laws; instructions] and does not obey them.”

Then all the people will say, “Amen!”

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