1And Moses called all the sons of Israel and said to them, Ye have seen all things that the Lord did in the land of Egypt before you to Pharaoh and his servants, and all his land;
2the great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders.
3Yet the Lord God has not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until this day.
4And he led you forty years in the wilderness; your garments did not grow old, and your sandals were not worn away off your feet.
5Ye did not eat bread, ye did not drink wine or strong drink, that ye might know that I am the Lord your God.
6And ye came as far as this place; and there came forth Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, to meet us in war.
7And we smote them and took their land, and I gave it for an inheritance to Reuben and Gad, and to the half-tribe of Manasseh.
8And ye shall take heed to do all the words of this covenant, that ye may understand all things that ye shall do.
9Ye all stand today before the Lord your God, the heads of your tribes, and your elders, and your judges, and your officers, every man of Israel,
10your wives, and your children, and the stranger who is in the midst of your camp, from your hewer of wood even to your drawer of water,
11that thou shouldest enter into the covenant of the Lord thy God and into his oaths, as many as the Lord thy God appoints thee this day;
12that he may appoint thee to himself for a people, and he shall be thy God, as he said to thee, and as he swore to thy fathers, Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob.
13And I do not appoint to you alone this covenant and this oath;
14but to those also who are here with you today before the Lord your God, and to those who are not here with you today.
15For ye know how we dwelt in the land of Egypt, how we came through the midst of the nations through whom ye came.
16And ye beheld their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which are among them.
17Lest there be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart has turned aside from the Lord your God, having gone to serve the gods of these nations; lest there be in you a root springing up with gall and bitterness.
18And it shall be if one shall hear the words of this curse, and shall flatter himself in his heart, saying, Let good happen to me, for I will walk in the error of my heart, lest the sinner destroy the guiltless with him:
19God shall by no means be willing to pardon him, but then the wrath of the Lord and his jealousy shall flame out against that man; and all the curses of this covenant shall attach themselves to him, which are written in this book, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.
20And the Lord shall separate that man for evil of all the children of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in the book of this law.
21And another generation shall say—even your sons who shall rise up after you, and the stranger who shall come from a land afar off, and shall see the plagues of that land and their diseases, which the Lord has sent upon it,
22brimstone and burning salt (the whole land shall not be sown, neither shall any green thing spring, nor rise upon it, as Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his wrath and anger)—
23and all the nations shall say, Why has the Lord done thus to this land? what is this great fierceness of anger?
24And men shall say, Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord God of their fathers, the things which he appointed to their fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt:
25and they went and served other gods, which they knew not, neither did he assign them to them.
26And the Lord was exceedingly angry with that land to bring upon it according to all the curses which are written in the book of this law.
27And the Lord removed them from their land in anger, and wrath, and very great indignation, and cast them out into another land as at present.
28The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, to do all the words of this law.