Leviticus 26:23
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English Standard Version
“And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me,

King James Bible
And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;

American Standard Version
And if by these things ye will not be reformed unto me, but will walk contrary unto me;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if even so you will not amend, but will walk contrary to me:

English Revised Version
And if by these things ye will not be reformed unto me, but will walk contrary unto me;

Webster's Bible Translation
And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary to me;

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Yea, the Lord would turn His face against them, so that they would be beaten by their enemies, and be so thoroughly humbled in consequence, that they would flee when no man pursued (cf. Leviticus 26:36).

But if these punishments did not answer their purpose, and bring Israel back to fidelity to its God, the Lord would punish the disobedient nation still more severely, and chasten the rebellious for their sin, not simply only, but sevenfold. This He would do, so long as Israel persevered in obstinate resistance, and to this end He would multiply His judgments by degrees. This graduated advance of the judgments of God is so depicted in the following passage, that four times in succession new and multiplied punishments are announced: (1) utter barrenness in their land, - that is to say, one heavier punishment (Leviticus 26:18-20); (2) the extermination of their cattle by beasts of prey, and childlessness, - two punishments (Leviticus 26:21, Leviticus 26:22); (3) war, plague, and famine, - three punishments (Leviticus 26:23-26); (4) the destruction of all idolatrous abominations, the overthrow of their towns and holy places, the devastation of the land, and the dispersion of the people among the heathen-four punishments which would bring the Israelites to the verge of destruction (Leviticus 26:27-33). In this way would the Lord punish the stiffneckedness of His people. - These divine threats embrace the whole of Israel's future. But the series of judgments mentioned is not to be understood historically, as a prediction of the temporal succession of the different punishments, but as an ideal account of the judgments of God, unfolding themselves with inward necessity in a manner answering to the progressive development of the sin. As the nation would not resist the Lord continually, but times of disobedience and apostasy would alternate with times of obedience and faithfulness, so the judgments of God would alternate with His blessings; and as the opposition would not increase in uniform progress, sometimes becoming weaker and then at other times gaining greater force again, so the punishments would not multiply continuously, but correspond in every case to the amount of the sin, and only burst in upon the incorrigible race in all the intensity foretold, when ungodliness gained the upper hand.

Leviticus 26:23 Parallel Commentaries

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Isaiah 1:16-20 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil...

Jeremiah 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword has devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but they have not grieved; you have consumed them...

Ezekiel 24:13,14 In your filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged you, and you were not purged...

Amos 4:6-12 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have you not returned to me...

Cross References
Leviticus 26:21
"Then if you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me, I will continue striking you, sevenfold for your sins.

2 Samuel 22:27
with the purified you deal purely, and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

Psalm 18:26
with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

Jeremiah 5:3
O LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You have struck them down, but they felt no anguish; you have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent.

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