(F), 19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.(G). Scholars recognize that the original Hebrew phrase “a curse of God” can be translated in both an objective genitive and subjective genitive sense. Since the apostle Paul, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, understood the curse phrase in a subjective genitive sense, that interpretation must be preferred. Harrison, R. K. & Lewis, T. “Curse,” Vol. Bernstein, Moshe J.כי קללת אלחים תלױ” (Deut. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever. Once that judgment period passed, Moses led them once again to the borders of the Promised Land. Luther, Martin. 58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law,(CB) which are written in this book, and do not revere(CC) this glorious and awesome name(CD)—the Lord your God— 59 the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. Kalland, Earl S. Deuteronomy – 2 Samuel. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992. What does the curse of this obscure law buried in the book of Deuteronomy have to do with Jesus’ death on the cross? Guthrie, D. and J. [13] As Joshua leads the armies of Israel to take the Promised Land, the king of Ai and the Amorite kings rise up to oppose Israel and therefore Yahweh Himself as their divine judge. Paul indeed speaks of "the curse of the law" (Galatians 3:13 Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree: American King James Version ×), meaning a curse decreed by the law. (Y) 27 The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt(Z) and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. However, Yahweh does not respond to the plea for the land until both the bones of Saul’s hanged sons and the bones of Saul and Jonathan are buried. Leicester, EN: Inter-Varsity Press, 1982. Leicester, EN: Inter-Varsity Press, 1989. All rights reserved. Bergant, Dianne and Robert J. Karris, eds. (W) 26 Your carcasses will be food for all the birds(X) and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away. Apollos Old Testament Commentary 5. In Galatians 3 the apostle Paul is telling us that everyone who does not keep the Law perfectly is cursed by it (Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10). All rights reserved worldwide. Since the false prophet Balaam could not succeed in directly pronouncing a curse upon Israel at Balak’s request, he forms a plan to entice Israel to break covenant with Yahweh and thereby bring a curse upon them through their own actions. As the curses were called out, all the people on the other mountain answered, “Amen!” They were agreeing to the justness of God’s law—about dishonoring parents, coveting neighbors’ goods, and perverting justice for widows, orphans and the homeless. Instead, the law revealed the sinfulness of humanity and the need for a redeemer from the curses brought through the law. (E), 18 The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Young, Norman H. “Who’s Cursed – And Why? As noted earlier in the incident of Baal worship at Peor, Yahweh ordered the chiefs of the people hung to turn away His anger at their covenant-breaking sins of idolatry and immorality. [16] At Shittim on the plains of Moab, many of the Israelites accept the invitation of the Moabite women to worship Baal and commit sexual immorality with them. 60 He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt(CE) that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. Used by permission. 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