The Covenant in Moab
1 These are the words of the covenant which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the Israelites in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.
2 Moses called to all Israel and said to them: Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 3 the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders. 4 But the Lord has not given you a heart to know, eyes to see, and ears to hear, to this day. 5 I have led you 40 years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not grown old on you, and your sandals have not grown old on your feet. 6 You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or strong drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.
7 When you came to this place, Sihon, King of Heshbon and Og, King of Bashan came out against us to battle, and we struck them. 8 We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of the Manassites. 9 Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
10 All of you stand today in the presence of the Lord your God: your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones, your wives, and the foreigners who are in the midst of your camps, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water, 12 that you may enter into the covenant of the Lord your God, and into his oath, which the Lord your God is making with you today, 13 that he may establish you today as his people and that he may be your God, as he spoke to you and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
14 Neither do I make this covenant and this oath with you only, 15 but with those who stand here with us today before the Lord our God, and also with those who are not here with us today 16 (for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt and how we came through the middle of the nations through which you passed, 17 and you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which were among them); 18 lest there should be among you man, woman, family, or tribe whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go to serve the gods of those nations; lest there should be among you a root that produces bitter poison, 19 and it happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, “I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart,” to destroy the moist with the dry. 20 The Lord will not pardon him, but then the Lord’s anger and his jealousy will burn against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book will fall on him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under the heavens. 21 The Lord will set him apart for calamity out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this book of the law.
22 The generation to come—your children who will rise up after you, and the foreigner who will come from a far land—will say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses with which the Lord has made it sick, 23 that all of its land is sulfur, salt, and burning, that it is not sown, does not produce, nor does any grass grow in it, like the overthrow of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger and in his wrath. 24 All the nations will say, “Why has the Lord done this to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?”
25 Then men will say, “Because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt, 26 and went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods that they did not know and that he had not given to them. 27 Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against this land, to bring on it all the curses that are written in this book. 28 The Lord rooted them out of their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and thrust them into another land, as it is today.”
29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.