1Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep
all the commandment which I command you this day.
2It shall be on the day
when you shall pass over the Jordan to the land which Yahweh your God
gives you, that you shall set yourself up great stones, and plaster them with
3and you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you
are passed over; that you may go in to the land which Yahweh your God gives
you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers,
has promised you.
4It shall be, when you are passed over the Jordan,
that you shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in
Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster.
5There shall you
build an altar to Yahweh your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no
iron tool on them.
6You shall build the altar of Yahweh your God
of uncut stones; and you shall offer burnt offerings thereon to Yahweh your
7and you shall sacrifice peace offerings, and shall eat there; and
you shall rejoice before Yahweh your God.
8You shall write on the stones
all the words of this law very plainly.
9Moses and the priests the
Levites spoke to all Israel, saying, Keep silence, and listen, Israel: this
day you are become the people of Yahweh your God.
10You shall therefore
obey the voice of Yahweh your God, and do his commandments and his statutes,
which I command you this day.
11Moses charged the people the same day,
12These shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when
you are passed over the Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and
Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin.
13These shall stand on Mount Ebal for
the curse: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
Levites shall answer, and tell all the men of Israel with a loud voice,
15Cursed be the man who makes an engraved or molten image, an abomination
to Yahweh, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.
All the people shall answer and say, Amen.
16Cursed be he who sets light
by his father or his mother. All the people shall say, Amen.
he who removes his neighbor’s landmark. All the people shall say, Amen.
18Cursed be he who makes the blind to wander out of the way. All the
people shall say, Amen.
19Cursed be he who wrests the justice due
to the foreigner, fatherless, and widow. All the people shall say, Amen.
20Cursed be he who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered
his father’s skirt. All the people shall say, Amen.
21Cursed be he who
lies with any manner of animal. All the people shall say, Amen.
be he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter
of his mother. All the people shall say, Amen.
23Cursed be he who lies
with his mother-in-law. All the people shall say, Amen.
24Cursed be he
who strikes his neighbor in secret. All the people shall say, Amen.
25Cursed be he who takes a bribe to kill an innocent person. All the
people shall say, Amen.
26Cursed be he who doesn’t confirm the words of
this law to do them. All the people shall say, Amen.