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Leviticus 26:14-16 New English Translation (NET Bible)

The Consequences of Disobedience

14 “‘If, however,[a] you do not obey me and keep[b] all these commandments— 15 if you reject my statutes and abhor my regulations so that you do not keep[c] all my commandments and you break my covenant— 16 I for my part[d] will do this to you: I will inflict horror on you, consumption and fever, which diminish eyesight and drain away the vitality of life.[e] You will sow your seed in vain because[f] your enemies will eat it.[g]


  1. Leviticus 26:14 tn Heb “And if.”
  2. Leviticus 26:14 tn Heb “and do not do.”
  3. Leviticus 26:15 tn Heb “to not do.”
  4. Leviticus 26:16 tn Or “I also” (see HALOT 76 s.v. אַף 6.b).
  5. Leviticus 26:16 tn Heb “soul.” These expressions may refer either to the physical effects of consumption and fever as the rendering in the text suggests (e.g., J. E. Hartley, Leviticus [WBC], 452, 454, “diminishing eyesight and loss of appetite”), or perhaps the more psychological effects, “which exhausts the eyes” because of anxious hope “and causes depression” (Heb “causes soul [נֶפֶשׁ, nefesh] to pine away”), e.g., B. A. Levine, Leviticus (JPSTC), 185.
  6. Leviticus 26:16 tn Heb “and.” The Hebrew conjunction ו (vav, “and”) can be considered to have causal force here.
  7. Leviticus 26:16 tn That is, “your enemies will eat” the produce that grows from the sown seed.
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