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Deuteronomy 28 – “Blessings & Curses”

In chapter 27, Israel was supposed to have representatives from each tribe split up and stand on Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal. They were to recite blessings from Gerizim and curses from Ebal. 

One commentator said, “Blessing and curse are the rubrics under which all OT history is written” (McConville, 409). I would argue that they are the framework for how to understand Scripture. I was going to focus only on the concept of blessing today, but that would not be faithful to the whole chapter. So I am forcing myself to also discuss cursing. 

Today I want us to consider the following issues: What blessing is. What cursing is. The Key Difference between them.

(1) Deuteronomy 28.1-14—What is Blessing?

Life with God resulting in fullness and abundance. I would be unfaithful to Scripture to not say that there are physical signs of God’s blessing. In an effort to correct what’s called the Prosperity Gospel (which we’ll talk about next week), we can oftentimes think that all the blessings we have in Christ are merely spiritual. It is vital to note that physical blessings should not to be equated with God’s blessing.

BUT NOT Equated with merely physical prosperity. This is a sinful and horrible teaching today. In fairness, it’s replete throughout this passage—particularly vv.11-13. This is always the danger, though. We trust what our eyes see rather than what only the eyes of faith can see. James writes in chapter 5: Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 

You can have wealth. That’s not the issue. It’s what do you do with wealth and all the other blessings in your life? The prophets indicted Israel for hoarding their wealth rather than using it for its intended purposes. This is what can subtly happen if we make God’s blessings equal to simply physical wealth. But it is clear that wealth is a sign of God’s blessing. So what is “blessing”?

A thermometer of your life. Physical blessings are given by God to show where your true treasure is. Money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is. Money and wealth and family are tools. God wants to know what you value. Do you want to see the Kingdom of God manifested on earth as it is in heaven? God wants to free us from the tyranny of money being supreme in our lives. He wants us to see that physical blessings are intended to be used to show that God is more valuable than having a certain number in the bank account. To show that our security is found elsewhere.

Blessing is a result of the True Blessing of life with God. 

Blessing comes with a warning, though. Remember just a few weeks ago in Deuteronomy 8.17: Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers.

There is a great danger that you forget God…you forsake him. God also knew this.

(2) Deuteronomy 28.15-24— What is cursing?
Quite simply, it is in forsaking the Lord. V. 20: Because you have forsaken me, the Lord. Just like the blessed life is a result of life with God, the cursed life is a result of a life without God.

The curses listed are God’s actively reversing all the blessings he would bestow on his people. It is the intensification of the curse in the Garden. That it would sprout thorns. He is at pains to topple over those set against him. //

Friends, this didn’t happen overnight. It came through negligence. It came from day after day of neglect to their communion with God. Do you think as Israel was standing on banks of Jordan River, seeing the Promised Land with their eyes, getting ready to receive the blessing promised for generations…Do you think they thought: “We better enjoy it while it lasts because we’re going to experience more curses than blessings?” We ought never forget that you and I are not only prone to wander…we slowly drift by not paying heed to our relationship with God. 

What we need to realize that is you and I are at risk of forsaking God. We must never presume upon God’s mercy. Too often we take his love and blessing for granted. And over time, instead of using the blessing to enlarge our hearts by giving them away—by serving other people.

What you most value will reveal itself in what you spend your physical blessings on. Listen to Isaiah 55: 1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 

There is a true and lasting food that physical food points to.—

Jesus said, Luke 12:33 “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Give away all that you have to preserve your soul.

Remember we talked about how the Law was a physical pointer to a spiritual reality? Circumcision. Temple. Blessings. The blessed life is primarily defined as communion with God. Jesus himself—No place to lay his head. Man of sorrows. Acquainted with grief.

Hear him say: Whatever may come, thirst or famine or crucifixion…knowing him is the blessing. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

(3) The essential difference between blessing and cursing is the Referent. The King. If you continue to live your life as though you are in control and you try to manipulate people and be angry with people because they don’t listen to you. You are building your little fiefdom. And God will have no rivals. 

The biblical understanding of blessing is meant to expand your life. Blessings God gives you were never meant end filling your cup. In the Garden of Eden: God blessed Adam and Eve and said: Be fruitful. And multiply. And fill the earth. 

Gen. 9:1   God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Gen. 12:2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 

Sin shrinks your life. It shrinks and shrivels your heart. The blessing of God is to be like God. To expand. To fill the earth. He wants more for you than you could ever imagine. He wants you to know him in all his fullness. To make your life bigger than it is. In dying to yourself, you find that your life multiplies.

We haven’t yet experienced being swept up and along by God into a land that you do not know. To be carried by the Spirit of God into a Land of Promise. To taste of gardens you did not plant or tend. To live in houses you did not build. To receive from the hand of God because you’re so bent on proving your worth. You’re so bent on being in control. How do I know? Because this is the human condition. And until we can die like a grain of wheat, we will never know the life on the other side. 

Don’t be content with being cold toward the things of God. Be warned. If you continue to live your life without reference to God and his ways, you will forsake him. And in forsaking him you will be cursed. 

I wanted to talk about both blessing and cursing in order to be faithful to the text. BUT the chapter is not completely balanced is it? There are 14 verses speaking about blessing. The rest of the chapter talks about the curses for disobeying. And these blessings at the beginning are right after a litany of other curses. It’s almost as if God knew what was in Israel’s heart before they even received the promised inheritance. 

He knows what’s in all our hearts. A desire to usurp his authority to do whatever he pleases. And yet. And yet, he is relentless in his pursuit of you. When you are faithless,  he remains faithful. 

The Apostle Paul quotes Deuteronomy twice regarding cursing in his letter to the Galatians. In ch. 3 He quotes Deut 27.26: All who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 

And then he writes: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

The promise to Adam and to Noah and to Abraham was to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Jesus bore the curse for all those who no longer rely on their works, but lean on him. To change our hearts from cold to hot. From calloused to feeling. From shrunken to expanded. From death to life. The Blessed Life Beholds Christ.

JULY 22, 2019  https://www.redeemergreenville.com/sermons/2019/7/22/deuteronomy-28-blessings-amp-curses


Deuteronomy 30 – “Prosperity Gospel?”


Deuteronomy 12 – “One Place of Devotion”

Virtually all secular scholars (and most of Christian and Jewish scholars) reject the traditional Mosaic authorship of Deuteronomy and date the book much later, between the 7th and 5th centuries BCE. Book of Deuteronomy – Wikipedia


Blessings And Curses


Deuteronomy 28:1-68 ESV / 198 helpful votes 

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …

Deuteronomy 30:19 ESV / 159 helpful votes 

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 114 helpful votes 

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Galatians 3:10 ESV / 101 helpful votes 

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

Jeremiah 17:5-8 ESV / 101 helpful votes 

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

James 3:10 ESV / 92 helpful votes 

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Romans 12:19 ESV / 80 helpful votes 

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Exodus 20:1-26 ESV / 68 helpful votes 

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, …

Romans 15:13 ESV / 62 helpful votes 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Malachi 3:10 ESV / 62 helpful votes 

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48 ESV / 55 helpful votes 

Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you.

Numbers 6:24-26 ESV / 46 helpful votes 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Romans 13:4 ESV / 45 helpful votes 

For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.

Genesis 28:14 ESV / 45 helpful votes 

Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Psalm 46:1 ESV / 43 helpful votes 

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Leviticus 26:1-46 ESV / 42 helpful votes 

“You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord. “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. …

Luke 10:27 ESV / 33 helpful votes 

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

1 Corinthians 13:3 ESV / 27 helpful votes 

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Romans 12:14 ESV / 27 helpful votes 

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

John 14:26 ESV / 25 helpful votes 

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Proverbs 25:26 ESV / 24 helpful votes 

Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV / 23 helpful votes 

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

John 14:15 ESV / 23 helpful votes 

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Genesis 4:1-26 ESV / 22 helpful votes 

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. …

Matthew 6:1-4 ESV / 21 helpful votes 

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Isaiah 35:1-10 ESV / 21 helpful votes 

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; …

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 20 helpful votes 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 20 helpful votes 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Matthew 4:1-25 ESV / 19 helpful votes 

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple …

2 Chronicles 17:1-19 ESV / 18 helpful votes 

Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place and strengthened himself against Israel. He placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim that Asa his father had captured. The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand. And all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor. …

Exodus 22:2-3 ESV / 18 helpful votes 

If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.

Romans 12:21 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Malachi 3:6 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

Deuteronomy 28:1 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.

Genesis 14:18-20 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Hebrews 13:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Judges 5:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

When new gods were chosen, then war was in the gates. Was shield or spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel?

Deuteronomy 11:26-29 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known. And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.

Ephesians 4:1-32 ESV / 15 helpful votes 

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, …

Acts 11:27-29 ESV / 15 helpful votes 

Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.

Exodus 22:1-31 ESV / 15 helpful votes 

“If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. If the stolen beast is found alive in his possession, whether it is an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he shall pay double. “If a man causes a field or vineyard to be grazed over, or lets his beast loose and it feeds in another man’s field, he shall make restitution from the best in his own field and in his own vineyard. …

Luke 10:30-37 ESV / 14 helpful votes 

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. …

Matthew 26:52-54 ESV / 14 helpful votes 

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

Matthew 10:32 ESV / 14 helpful votes 

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,

Proverbs 26:2 ESV / 14 helpful votes 

Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.

Psalm 129:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes 

Nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

Matthew 4:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, …

Deuteronomy 28:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 11:26 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 12 helpful votes 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Romans 5:19 ESV / 12 helpful votes 

For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Matthew 5:1-48 ESV / 12 helpful votes 

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. …

Galatians 3:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

Luke 23:1-56 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.” …

Luke 11:42 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

Matthew 5:38-39 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Numbers 18:21 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

“To the Levites I have given every tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service that they do, their service in the tent of meeting,

Luke 22:36 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.

Luke 6:45 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Mark 7:1-37 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” …

Habakkuk 1:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?

1 Samuel 25:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage.

Deuteronomy 30:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

“And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you,

Deuteronomy 27:12-13 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

“When you have crossed over the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. And these shall stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.

Numbers 31:52 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

And all the gold of the contribution that they presented to the Lord, from the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, was 16,750 shekels.

Genesis 9:5-6 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

Genesis 1:27 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Romans 11:35 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”

John 18:1-40 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. …

Mark 7:9-13 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Matthew 6:22-23 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Psalm 144:1 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

Deuteronomy 28:26 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

And your dead body shall be food for all birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away.

Deuteronomy 28:6 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

Deuteronomy 28:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

Revelation 19:17-19 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.

James 1:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Luke 6:27-28 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Matthew 15:1-39 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” …

Matthew 5:19 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Psalm 109:1-31 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Be not silent, O God of my praise! For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love. …

Exodus 21:24-25 ESV / 8 helpful votes 

Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Revelation 19:21 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

2 Corinthians 8:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Luke 17:34-37 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.” And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

Haggai 2:8 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.

Nehemiah 10:38 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

And the priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive the tithes. And the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse.

Nehemiah 4:17-18 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

Who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me.

1 Samuel 8:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes 

He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots.

Revelation 6:5-6 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood …

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Galatians 3:13-14 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Luke 6:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Matthew 24:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”


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