'Curses' in the Bible
I'll bless those who bless you, but I'll curse the one who curses you, and through you all the people of the earth will be blessed."
May people serve and bow before you; may you be master over your brothers; may your mother's sons bow before you; may anyone who curses you be cursed; and may anyone who blesses you be blessed."
“Whoever curses his father or his mother must be put to death.
“If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or mother; his blood is on his own hands.
And the son of the Israelite woman said evil against the holy Name, with curses; and they took him to Moses. His mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.
And tell the Israelites: If anyone curses his God, he will bear the consequences of his sin.
And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:
And in the words which the Lord had given him he said, From Aram Balak has sent for me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East: come, put curses on Jacob for me and be angry with Israel.
How may I put curses on him who is not cursed by God? how may I be angry with him with whom the Lord is not angry?
And Balak said to him, Come with me now into another place from which you will not be able to see them all, but only the outskirts of them; and you will send curses on them from there.
“He couches, he lies down as a lion,And as a lion, who dares rouse him?Blessed is everyone who blesses you,And cursed is everyone who curses you.”
"When the LORD brings you to the land that you are about to enter to inherit, repeat the blessings on Mount Gerizim and the curses on Mount Ebal.
Because they gave you no bread or water on your way, when you came out of Egypt: and they got Balaam, the son of Peor, from Pethor in Aram-naharaim to put curses on you
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
The Lord will send against you curses, confusion, and rebuke in everything you do until you are destroyed and quickly perish, because of the wickedness of your actions in abandoning Me.
Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
These curses will be a sign and a wonder against you and your descendants forever.
The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.
And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book:
“When all these things happen to you—the blessings and curses I have set before you—and you come to your senses while you are in all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you,
And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
I call heaven and earth to testify against you today! I've set life and death before you today: both blessings and curses. Choose life, that it may be well with you you and your children.
Afterward, Joshua read aloud all the words of the law—the blessings as well as the curses—according to all that is written in the book of the law.
I will make him know that I am about to judge his household forever because of the iniquity that he knew, for his sons [were] bringing curses on themselves, but he did not rebuke them.
And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you come out to me with sticks? And the Philistine put curses on David by all his gods.
When King David got to Bahurim, a man belonging to the family of the house of Saul was just coming out. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he was yelling curses as he approached.
As he yelled curses, Shimei said, "Leave! Leave! You man of bloodshed, you wicked man!
The king replied, “Sons of Zeruiah, do we agree on anything? He curses me this way because the Lord told him, ‘Curse David!’ Therefore, who can say, ‘Why did you do that?’”
Perhaps the Lord will see my affliction and restore goodness to me instead of Shimei’s curses today.”
So David and his men went on their way. But Shimei kept going along the side of the hill opposite him, yelling curses as he threw stones and dirt at them.
“Keep an eye on Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim who is with you. He uttered malicious curses against me the day I went to Mahanaim. But he came down to meet me at the Jordan River, and I swore to him by the Lord: ‘I will never kill you with the sword.’
Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah:
Let whoever curses days curse it those who are ready to awaken monsters.
For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings;the one who is greedy curses and despises the Lord.
Their mouth is full of curses, lies, and oppression, their tongues spread trouble and iniquity.
See, hate is dropping from their lips; curses are on their tongues: they say, Who gives attention to it?
For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips,let them be caught in their pride.They utter curses and lies.
They spend all their time planning how to bring him down. They love to use deceit; they pronounce blessings with their mouths, but inwardly they utter curses. (Selah)
All day long my enemies taunt me; those who mock me use my name in their curses.
He loved to curse may his curses return upon him! He took no delight in blessing others so may blessings be far from him.
He wore curses like a garment may they enter his inner being like water and his bones like oil.
May those curses wrap around him like a garment, or like a belt that one always wears.
They may give curses but you give blessing; when they come up against me, put them to shame; but let your servant be glad.
Whoever curses his father or mother—his lamp will go out in deep darkness.
The one who gives to the poorwill not be in need,but one who turns his eyes awaywill receive many curses.
There is a generation that curses its fatherand does not bless its mother.
Do not give ear to all the words which men say, for fear of hearing the curses of your servant.
Give ear to me, you who have knowledge of righteousness, in whose heart is my law; have no fear of the evil words of men, and give no thought to their curses.
Yet they would not obey or pay attention; each one followed the stubbornness of his evil heart. So I brought on them all the curses of this covenant, because they had not done what I commanded them to do.”
Woe is me, my mother,that you gave birth to me,a man who incites dispute and conflictin all the land.I did not lend or borrow,yet everyone curses me.
I will bring such disaster on them that all the kingdoms of the earth will be horrified. I will make them an object of reproach, a proverbial example of disaster. I will make them an object of ridicule, an example to be used in curses. That is how they will be remembered wherever I banish them.
I made Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and its officials drink it. I did it so Judah would become a ruin. I did it so Judah, its kings, and its officials would become an object of horror and of hissing scorn, an example used in curses. Such is already becoming the case!
If you do not obey me, then I will do to this temple what I did to Shiloh. And I will make this city an example to be used in curses by people from all the nations on the earth.'"
That is what will result from your making me angry by what you are doing. You are making me angry by sacrificing to other gods here in the land of Egypt where you live. You will be destroyed for doing that! You will become an example used in curses and an object of ridicule among all the nations of the earth.
Finally the Lord could no longer endure your wicked deeds and the disgusting things you did. That is why your land has become the desolate, uninhabited ruin that it is today. That is why it has become a proverbial example used in curses.
For I solemnly swear," says the Lord, "that Bozrah will become a pile of ruins. It will become an object of horror and ridicule, an example to be used in curses. All the towns around it will lie in ruins forever."
"I've heard Moab's insults and the curses from those Ammonites by which they defame my people and boast about their territory.
If you do not listen and take seriously the need to honor my name," says the Lord who rules over all, "I will send judgment on you and turn your blessings into curses -- indeed, I have already done so because you are not taking it to heart.
Because God said, "You are to honor your father and your mother,' and, "Whoever curses father or mother must certainly be put to death.'
Then with curses and oaths he said, I have no knowledge of the man. And straight away there came the cry of a cock.
Because Moses said, "Honor your father and your mother,' and, "Whoever curses his father or mother must certainly be put to death.'
But, with curses and oaths, he said, I have no knowledge of the man about whom you are talking.
Give blessing to those who give you curses, say prayers for those who are cruel to you.
Whose mouth is full of curses and bitter words:
Give blessing and not curses to those who are cruel to you.
And with our hands we do the hardest work: when they give us curses we give blessings, when we undergo punishment we take it quietly;
But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth.
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