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Devarim/Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:20

Chapter 29

9 You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your God - the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers — all the men of Israel,  10 your small children, your women, and your proselyte who is in the midst of your camp, from the hewer of your wood to the drawer of your water,  11 for you to pass into the covenant of Hashem, your God, and into His imprecation that Hashem, your God, seals with you today,  12 in order to establish you today as a people to Him and that He be a God to you, as He spoke to you and as He swore to your forefathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.  13 Not with you alone do I seal this covenant and this imprecation,  14 but with whoever is here, standing with us today before Hashem, our God, and with whoever is not here with us today.

15 For you know how we dwelled in the land of Egypt and how we passed through the midst of the nations through whom you passed.  16 And you saw their abominations and their detestable idols — of wood and stone, of silver and gold that were with them.  17 Perhaps there is among you a man or woman, or a family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from being with Hashem, our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; perhaps there is among you a root flourishing with gall and wormwood.  18 And it will be that when he hears the words of this imprecation, he will bless himself in his heart, saying, "Peace will be with me, though I walk as my heart sees fit" — thereby adding the watered upon the thirsty.

19 Hashem will not be willing to forgive him, for then Hashem's anger and jealousy will smoke against that man, and the entire imprecation written in this Book will come down upon him, and Hashem will erase his name from under heaven.  20 Hashem will set him aside for evil from among all the tribes of Israel, like all the imprecations of the covenant that is written in this Book of the Torah.

21 The later generation will say — your children who will arise after you and the foreigner who will come from a distant land — when they will see the plagues of that Land and its illnesses with which Hashem has afflicted it.  22 "Sulphur and salt, a conflagration of the entire Land, it cannot be sown and it cannot sprout, and no grass shall rise up on it; like the upheaval of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which Hashem overturned in His anger and wrath."  23 And all the nations will say, "For what reason did Hashem do so to this Land; why this wrathfulness of great anger?"

24 And they will say, "Because they forsook the covenant of Hashem, the God of their forefathers, that He sealed with them when He took them out of the land of Egypt,  25 and they went and served the gods of others and prostrated themselves to them — gods that they knew not and He did not apportion to them.  26 So God's anger flared against that land, to bring upon it the entire curse that is written in this Book,  27 and Hashem removed them from upon their soil, with anger, with wrath, and with great fury, and He cast them to another land, as this very day!"

28 The hidden [sins] are for Hashem, our God, but the revealed [sins] are for us and our children forever, to carry out all the words of this Torah.

Chapter 30

1 It will be that when all these things come upon you — the blessing and the curse that I have presented before you — then you will take it to your heart among all the nations where Hashem, your God, has dispersed you,  2 and you will return unto Hashem, your God, and listen to His voice, according to everything that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and all your soul.  3 Then Hashem, your God, will bring back your captivity and have mercy upon you, and He will gather you in from all the peoples to which Hashem, your God, has scattered you.  4 If your dispersed will be at the ends of heaven, from there Hashem, your God, will gather you in and from there He will take you.  5 Hashem, your God, will bring you to the Land that your forefathers possessed and you shall possess it; He will do good to you and make you more numerous than your forefathers.  6 Hashem, your God, will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, to love Hashem, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

7 Hashem, your God, will place all these imprecations upon your enemies and those who hate you, who pursued you.  8 You shall return and listen to the voice of Hashem, and perform all His commandments that I command you today.  9 Hashem will make you abundant in all your handiwork — in the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your animals, and the fruit of your Land — for good, when Hashem will return to rejoice over you for good, as He rejoiced over your forefathers,  10 when you listen to the voice of Hashem, your God, to observe His commandments and His decrees, that are written in this Book of the Torah, when you shall return to Hashem, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.

11 For this commandment that I command you today — it is not hidden from you and it is not distant.  12 It is not in heaven, [for you] to say, "Who can ascend to the heaven for us and take it for us, so that we can listen to it and perform it?"  13 Nor is it across the sea, [for you] to say, "Who can cross to the other side of the sea for us and take it for us, so that we can listen to it and perform it?"  14 Rather, the matter is very near to you — in your mouth and your heart — to perform it.

15 See — I have placed before you today the life and the good, and the death and the evil,  16 that which I command you today, to love Hashem, your God, to walk in His ways, to observe His commandments, His decrees, and His ordinances; then you will live and you will multiply, and Hashem, your God, will bless you in the Land to which you come, to possess it.  17 But if your heart will stray and you will not listen, and you are led astray, and you prostrate yourself to strange gods and serve them.  18 I tell you today that you will surely be lost; you will not lengthen your days upon the Land that you cross the Jordan to come there, to possess it.  19 I call heaven and earth today to bear witness against you - I have placed life and death before you, blessing and curse; and you shall choose life, so that you will live, you and your offspring,  20 to love Hashem, your God, to listen to His voice and to cleave to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days, to dwell upon the land that Hashem swore to your forefathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

~ When the Parashas is combined (Nitzvaim-Vayeilech) continue reading here ~
 


Haftarah for Nitzvaim

This Haftarah is always read for Nitzvaim, even when Nitzvaim and Vayeilech are read together.




 
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