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Leviticus 26:15-17 New English Translation (NET Bible)

15 if you reject my statutes and abhor my regulations so that you do not keep[a] all my commandments and you break my covenant— 16 I for my part[b] will do this to you: I will inflict horror on you, consumption and fever, which diminish eyesight and drain away the vitality of life.[c] You will sow your seed in vain because[d] your enemies will eat it.[e] 17 I will set my face against you. You will be struck down before your enemies, those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when there is no one pursuing you.


  1. Leviticus 26:15 tn Heb “to not do.”
  2. Leviticus 26:16 tn Or “I also” (see HALOT 76 s.v. אַף 6.b).
  3. 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.
  4. Leviticus 26:16 tn Heb “and.” The Hebrew conjunction ו (vav, “and”) can be considered to have causal force here.
  5. Leviticus 26:16 tn That is, “your enemies will eat” the produce that grows from the sown seed.
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