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Torah - Pentateuch

D'varim — Deuteronomy

Chapter 27

1 And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying: 'Keep all the commandment which I command you this day.
2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over the Jordan unto the land which HaShem thy G-d giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster.
3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over; that thou mayest go in unto the land which HaShem thy G-d giveth thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, as HaShem, the G-d of thy fathers, hath promised thee.
4 And it shall be when ye are passed over the Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster.
5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto HaShem thy G-d, an altar of stones; thou shalt lift up no iron tool upon them.
6 Thou shalt build the altar of HaShem thy G-d of unhewn stones; and thou shalt offer burnt-offerings thereon unto HaShem thy G-d.
7 And thou shalt sacrifice peace-offerings, and shalt eat there; and thou shalt rejoice before HaShem thy G-d.
8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.'
9 And Moses and the priests the Levites spoke unto all Israel, saying: 'Keep silence, and hear, O Israel; this day thou art become a people unto HaShem thy G-d.
10 Thou shalt therefore hearken to the voice of HaShem thy G-d, and do His commandments and His statutes, which I command thee this day.'
11 And Moses charged the people the same day, saying:
12 'These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are passed over the Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin;
13 and these shall stand upon mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
14 And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice:
15 Cursed be the man that maketh a graven or molten image, an abomination unto HaShem, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and setteth it up in secret. And all the people shall answer and say: Amen.
16 Cursed be he that dishonoureth his father or his mother. And all the people shall say: Amen.
17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's landmark. And all the people shall say: Amen.
18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to go astray in the way. And all the people shall say: Amen.
19 Cursed be he that perverteth the justice due to the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say: Amen.
20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he hath uncovered his father's skirt. And all the people shall say: Amen.
21 Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say: Amen.
22 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say: Amen.
23 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother-in-law. And all the people shall say: Amen.
24 Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour in secret. And all the people shall say: Amen.
25 Cursed be he that taketh a bribe to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say: Amen.
26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say: Amen.'
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