Deuteronomy 27:1-15New International Version (NIV)
The Altar on Mount Ebal
27 Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people: “Keep all these commands that I give you today.2 When you have crossed the Jordan into the land the Lord your God is giving you, set up some large stones and coat them with plaster.3 Write on them all the words of this law when you have crossed over to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.4 And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on Mount Ebal, as I command you today, and coat them with plaster.5 Build there an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones. Do not use any iron tool on them.6 Build the altar of the Lord your God with fieldstones and offer burnt offerings on it to the Lord your God.7 Sacrifice fellowship offerings there, eating them and rejoicing in the presence of the Lord your God.8 And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up.”
Curses From Mount Ebal
9 Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Be silent, Israel, and listen! You have now become the people of the Lord your God.10 Obey the Lord your God and follow his commands and decrees that I give you today.”
11 On the same day Moses commanded the people:
12 When you have crossed the Jordan, these tribes shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin.13 And these tribes shall stand on Mount Ebal to pronounce curses: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali.
14 The Levites shall recite to all the people of Israel in a loud voice:
15 “Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret.”
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