Deuteronomy 28:46
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New International Version
They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever.

New Living Translation
These horrors will serve as a sign and warning among you and your descendants forever.

English Standard Version
They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever.

New American Standard Bible
"They shall become a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever.

King James Bible
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These curses will be a sign and a wonder against you and your descendants forever.

International Standard Version
These curses will serve as a sign and wonder for you and your descendants as long as you live."

NET Bible
These curses will be a perpetual sign and wonder with reference to you and your descendants.

New Heart English Bible
and they shall be on you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your descendants forever.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These curses will be a sign and an amazing thing to warn you and your descendants forever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever;

New American Standard 1977
“And they shall become a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and they shall be in thee for a sign and for a wonder, and in thy seed for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall be upon you for a sign and for a wonder, and upon your descendants forever.

American King James Version
And they shall be on you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your seed for ever.

American Standard Version
and they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall be as signs and wonders on thee, and on thy seed for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

English Revised Version
and they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever:

Webster's Bible Translation
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

World English Bible
and they shall be on you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your seed forever.

Young's Literal Translation
and they have been on thee for a sign and for a wonder, also on thy seed -- to the age.
Study Bible
The Curses of Disobedience
45"So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you would not obey the LORD your God by keeping His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. 46"They shall become a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever. 47"Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things;…
Cross References
Numbers 26:10
and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up along with Korah, when that company died, when the fire devoured 250 men, so that they became a warning.

Isaiah 8:18
Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

Ezekiel 5:15
'So it will be a reproach, a reviling, a warning and an object of horror to the nations who surround you when I execute judgments against you in anger, wrath and raging rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.

Ezekiel 14:8
"I will set My face against that man and make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from among My people. So you will know that I am the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

And they shall be on you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your seed for ever.

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Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs …

Jeremiah 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing…

Jeremiah 25:18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, …

Ezekiel 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign …

Ezekiel 23:32,33 Thus said the Lord GOD; You shall drink of your sister's cup deep …

Ezekiel 36:20 And when they entered to the heathen, where they went, they profaned …

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are …

Verse 46. - These curses would be for a sign and for a wonder, exciting astonishment and dismay in the beholder, and showing that it was indeed the hand of God that was upon the rebellious nation. Forever. This, though it may imply the final and utter rejection of Israel as a nation, does not preclude the hope of restoration of a part of Israel as individuals, or as a remnant remaining in or returning to faith and obedience (cf. Isaiah 10:22; Isaiah 6:13; Romans 9:27; Romans 11:5). And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder,.... That is, those curses before pronounced, Deuteronomy 27:15, and what follow, should rest and remain upon them, continue with them, and be very visible on them; so as to be observed by others, as a sign of the wrath and displeasure of God, and of the fulfilment of prophecy, and of the truth of divine revelation: and so "for a wonder": as it is most astonishing to observe how exactly all the curses threatened them have fallen upon them and have abode with them, as they did in their former captivities, and more especially do in the present one: and, what is the greater wonder, that notwithstanding these dreadful calamities, and so long continued, enough to have crushed any people from being a people, yet they have continued, and still do continue, a distinct people; which is a standing miracle, and one would think sufficient to convince the most hardened and obstinate deist of the truth and authority of the sacred Scriptures; in which stand so many glaring prophecies that have been fulfilled, and are continually fulfilling in this people:

and upon thy seed for ever; this shows that these curses, said to be upon them, not only refer to those that came upon them at and in the Babylonish captivity, but to those that came upon them at their destruction by the Romans, and which have continued on them nineteen hundred years; and how much longer they will continue none can say: it will be their case, until new heavens and a new earth are created, or there will be a new state of things, at least with them; when they shall be converted to the Lord, and all Israel saved; see Isaiah 65:17; and it may be observed, that the ten tribes carried captive never returned. 28:45-68 If God inflicts vengeance, what miseries his curse can bring upon mankind, even in this present world! Yet these are but the beginning of sorrows to those under the curse of God. What then will be the misery of that world where their worm dieth not, and their fire is not quenched! Observe what is here said of the wrath of God, which should come and remain upon the Israelites for their sins. It is amazing to think that a people so long the favourites of Heaven, should be so cast off; and yet that a people so scattered in all nations should be kept distinct, and not mixed with others. If they would not serve God with cheerfulness, they should be compelled to serve their enemies. We may justly expect from God, that if we do not fear his fearful name, we shall feel his fearful plagues; for one way or other God will be feared. The destruction threatened is described. They have, indeed, been plucked from off the land, ver. 63. Not only by the Babylonish captivity, and when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans; but afterwards, when they were forbidden to set foot in Jerusalem. They should have no rest; no rest of body, ver. 65, but be continually on the remove, either in hope of gain, or fear of persecution. No rest of the mind, which is much worse. They have been banished from city to city, from country to country; recalled, and banished again. These events, compared with the favour shown to Israel in ancient times, and with the prophecies about them, should not only excite astonishment, but turn unto us for a testimony, assuring us of the truth of Scripture. And when the other prophecies of their conversion to Christ shall come to pass, the whole will be a sign and a wonder to all the nations of the earth, and the forerunner of a general spread of true christianity. The fulfilling of these prophecies upon the Jewish nation, delivered more than three thousand years ago, shows that Moses spake by the Spirit of God; who not only foresees the ruin of sinners, but warns of it, that they may prevent it by a true and timely repentance, or else be left without excuse. And let us be thankful that Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, by being made a curse for us, and bearing in his own person all that punishment which our sins merit, and which we must otherwise have endured for ever. To this Refuge and salvation let sinners flee; therein let believers rejoice, and serve their reconciled God with gladness of heart, for the abundance of his spiritual blessings.
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