"If you pay attention to these laws and obey them, then the LORD your God will continue his covenant of gracious love with you that he promised with an oath to your ancestors.
You'll be blessed among all the nations. There'll be no infertility among you, not even among your herds.
You'll know that you'll have many children; and that your offspring will be like the grass of the earth.
You will eat from the work of your hands; you will be happy, and it will go well for you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children like olive shoots surrounding your table. See how the man will be blessed who fears the LORD.
And may you see your children's children! Peace be on Israel! A Song of Ascents
A message came to me from the LORD and it went like this: "Son of Man, turn your attention toward Mount Seir and begin to prophesy against it. Tell them, "This is what the Lord GOD says: "Watch out! I'm coming to get you, Mount Seir! I'm stretching out my hand to strike you, and I'm going to turn you into a desolate wasteland. read more.
I'm going to turn your cities into ghost towns, and you will become a ruin. Then you will learn that I am the LORD. "Because of your undying hatred, you kept on making the Israelis experience abuse during the time of their calamity, even when they were in their final stages of punishment, therefore as I'm alive and living," declares the Lord GOD, "I'm turning you over to bloodshed, and bloodshed will certainly overtake you, since you never have hated shedding blood. That's why bloodshed will certainly pursue you. I'm turning Mount Seir over to ruin and desolation. I'm going to eliminate everyone who comes and goes, and I'll fill that mountain with the dead. Those who die by violence will cover your hills, and fill your valleys and all your ravines! I will turn you into an everlasting wasteland, and your cities will never be inhabited. Then you'll learn that I am the LORD! "Because you have claimed, "These two nations and these two lands are going to belong to me, and we will take possession of them, even though the LORD is there,' therefore as I'm alive and living" declares the Lord GOD, "I'm going to deal with you as your anger deserves. When I judge you, I'll treat you like you did the Israelis that is, with the same kind of envy that motivated your constant hatred of them. That's how you'll know that I, the LORD, have heard every loathsome, reviling thing that you've had to say against the mountains of Israel, such as, "They're desolate, and we'll eat them for dinner!' Not only that, you've arrogantly reviled me many times over, and I've heard every word! "So this is what the Lord GOD says: "Just as the earth rejoices, I'm going to turn you into a desolate wasteland. Just as you rejoiced when Israel's inheritance became desolate, I'm going to do the same thing to you. Mount Seir, you and Edom all of you will become a desolate wasteland.' Then they will learn that I am the LORD."
because you are a holy people to the LORD your God. The LORD your God chose you to be his people, his treasured possession from all the nations on the face of the earth." "It wasn't because you were more numerous than other people of the earth that the LORD committed himself to you and chose you. In fact, you were the least numerous of all the nations. But the LORD loved you and kept his oath that he made to your ancestors. The LORD brought you out with great power from slavery, from the control of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. read more.
Know that the LORD your God is God, the trusted God who faithfully keeps his covenant to the thousandth generation of those who love him and obey his commands. But for the one who hates him, he will repay him by destroying him. He will not delay dealing with someone who hates him. Therefore keep the commands, decrees, and the ordinances that I am instructing you to obey today." "If you pay attention to these laws and obey them, then the LORD your God will continue his covenant of gracious love with you that he promised with an oath to your ancestors. He'll love you and increase your numbers. He'll bless the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your land (the grain, new wine, and oil), the offspring of your herds, and the lambs of your flock, in the land that the LORD promised your ancestors he would give you. You'll be blessed among all the nations. There'll be no infertility among you, not even among your herds. The LORD will turn aside every disease from you. He won't inflict on you the terrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but will inflict them instead on all who hate you.
"When all these things happen to you both the blessings and the curses that I've presented to you and you take them seriously in all the nations where the LORD your God will deport you, and when you you and your descendants, that is will have returned to him and obeyed all the commands that I'm giving you today with all your heart and soul, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and will show compassion to you. He will gather you from among the nations where he had scattered you. read more.
Even if the LORD had banished you to the ends of the heavens, the LORD your God will gather you from there and he'll bring you to the land that your ancestors inherited. You'll possess it, you'll prosper, and you'll greatly multiply more than your ancestors did. Then the LORD your God will circumcise both your hearts and those of your descendants so that you can love him with your heart and with your soul and therefore live. Then the LORD your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate and persecute you."