Verse 1-14 are the blessings that God promises for obedience. Verses 15-68 are the curses for disobedience. God dictated these to Moses in Deut 27-28, and Joshua carried out Moses’ instructions, repeating them to all the people in Joshua 8:30-35.
"If you indeed obey the LORD your God and are careful to observe all his commandments I am giving you today, the LORD your God will elevate you above all the nations of the earth.
All these blessings will come to you in abundance if you obey the LORD your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the field.
Your children will be blessed, as well as the produce of your soil, the offspring of your livestock, the calves of your herds, and the lambs of your flocks.
Your basket and your mixing bowl will be blessed.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
The LORD will cause your enemies who attack you to be struck down before you; they will attack you from one direction but flee from you in seven different directions.
The LORD will decree blessing for you with respect to your barns and in everything you do - yes, he will bless you in the land he is giving you.
The LORD will designate you as his holy people just as he promised you, if you keep his commandments and obey him.
Then all the peoples of the earth will see that you belong to the Lord, and they will respect you.
The LORD will greatly multiply your children, the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil in the land which he promised your ancestors he would give you.
The LORD will open for you his good treasure house, the heavens, to give you rain for the land in its season and to bless all you do; you will lend to many nations but you will not borrow from any.
The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always end up at the top and not at the bottom, if you obey his commandments which I am urging you today to be careful to do.
But you must not turn away from all the commandments I am giving you today, to either the right or left, nor pursue other gods and worship them.
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