Curses From Mount Ebal

Then Moses and the Levitical(A) priests said to all Israel, “Be silent, Israel, and listen! You have now become the people of the Lord your God.(B) 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(C) to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar,(D) Joseph and Benjamin.(E) 13 And these tribes shall stand on Mount Ebal(F) to pronounce curses: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali.

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33 All the Israelites, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord, facing the Levitical(A) priests who carried it. Both the foreigners living among them and the native-born(B) were there. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal,(C) as Moses the servant of the Lord had formerly commanded when he gave instructions to bless the people of Israel.

34 Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law.(D) 35 There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the foreigners who lived among them.(E)

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