Deuteronomy 28:3
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English Standard Version
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.

King James Bible
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

American Standard Version
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed in the field.

English Revised Version
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Deuteronomy 28:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In Deuteronomy 27:15-26 there follow twelve curses, answering to the number of the tribes of Israel. The first is directed against those who make graven or molten images of Jehovah, and set them up in secret, that is to say, against secret breaches of the second commandment (Exodus 20:4); the second against contempt of, or want of reverence towards, parents (Exodus 21:17); the third against those who remove boundaries (Deuteronomy 19:14); the fourth against the man who leads the blind astray (Leviticus 19:14); the fifth against those who pervert the right of orphans and widows (Deuteronomy 24:17); the sixth against incest with a mother (Deuteronomy 23:1; Deuteronomy 18:8); the seventh against unnatural vices (Leviticus 18:23); the eighth and ninth against incest with a sister or a mother-in-law (Leviticus 18:9 and Leviticus 18:17); the tenth against secret murder (Exodus 20:13; Numbers 35:16.); the eleventh against judicial murder ("he that taketh reward to slay a soul, namely, innocent blood:" Exodus 23:7-8); the twelfth against the man who does not set up the words of this law to do them, who does not make the laws the model and standard of his life and conduct. From this last curse, which applied to every breach of the law, it evidently follows, that the different sins and transgressions already mentioned were only selected by way of example, and for the most part were such as could easily be concealed from the judicial authorities. At the same time, "the office of the law is shown in this last utterance, the summing up of all the rest, to have been pre-eminently to proclaim condemnation. Every conscious act of transgression subjects the sinner to the curse of God, from which none but He who has become a curse for us can possibly deliver us" (Galatians 3:10, Galatians 3:13. O. v. Gerlach). - On the reason why the blessings are not given, see the remarks on Deuteronomy 27:4. As the curses against particular transgressions of the law simply mention some peculiarly grievous sins by way of example, it would be easy to single out corresponding blessings from the general contents of the law: e.g., "Blessed be he who faithfully follows the Lord his God, or loves Him with the heart, who honours his father and his mother," etc.; and lastly, all the blessings of the law could be summed up in the words, "Blessed be he who setteth up the words of this law, to do them."

Deuteronomy 28:3 Parallel Commentaries

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in the city

Psalm 107:36,37 And there he makes the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation...

Psalm 128:1-5 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways...

Psalm 144:12-15 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones...

Isaiah 65:21-23 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them...

Zechariah 8:3-5 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the middle of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth...

in the field

Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundred times: and the LORD blessed him.

Genesis 39:5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had...

Amos 9:13,14 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed...

Haggai 2:19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yes, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, has not brought forth...

Malachi 3:10,11 Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, said the LORD of hosts...

Cross References
Genesis 39:5
From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field.

Numbers 6:24
The LORD bless you and keep you;

Deuteronomy 28:4
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.

Deuteronomy 28:16
Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field.

2 Chronicles 34:19
And when the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes.

Isaiah 65:23
They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD, and their descendants with them.

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