Leviticus Chapter 26
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16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
36 And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.
41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:
43 The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.
44 And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God.
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Matthew Henry's Leviticus Chapter 26 Bible commentary...
Promises upon keeping the precepts. (1-13) Threatenings against disobedience. (14-39) God promises to remember those that repent. (40-46)1-13 This chapter contains a general enforcement of all the laws given by Moses; by promises of reward in case of obedience, on the one hand; and threatenings of punishment for disobedience, on the other. While Israel maintained a national regard to God's worship, sabbaths, and sanctuary, and did not turn aside to idolatry, the Lord engaged to continue to them temporal mercies and religious advantages. These great and precious promises, though they relate chiefly to the life which now is, were typical of the spiritual blessings made sure by the covenant of grace to all believers, through Christ. 1. Plenty and abundance of the fruits of the earth. Every good and perfect gift must be expected from above, from the Father of lights. 2. Peace under the Divine protection. Those dwell in safety, that dwell in God. 3. Victory and success in their wars. It is all one with the Lord to save by many or by few. 4. The increase of their people. The gospel church shall be fruitful. 5. The favour of God, which is the fountain of all Good. 6. Tokens of his presence in and by his ordinances. The way to have God's ordinances fixed among us, is to cleave closely to them. 7. The grace of the covenant. All covenant blessings are summed up in the covenant relation, I will be your God, and ye shall be my people; and they are all grounded upon their redemption. Having purchased them, God would own them, and never cast them off till they cast him off.
14-39 After God has set the blessing before them which would make them a happy people if they would be obedient, he here sets the curse before them, the evils which would make them miserable, if they were disobedient. Two things would bring ruin. 1. A contempt of God's commandments. They that reject the precept, will come at last to renounce the covenant. 2. A contempt of his corrections. If they will not learn obedience by the things they suffer, God himself would be against them; and this is the root and cause of all their misery. And also, The whole creation would be at war with them. All God's sore judgments would be sent against them. The threatenings here are very particular, they were prophecies, and He that foresaw all their rebellions, knew they would prove so. TEMPORAL judgments are threatened. Those who will not be parted from their sins by the commands of God, shall be parted from them by judgments. Those wedded to their lusts, will have enough of them. SPIRITUAL judgments are threatened, which should seize the mind. They should find no acceptance with God. A guilty conscience would be their continual terror. It is righteous with God to leave those to despair of pardon, who presume to sin; and it is owing to free grace, if we are not left to pine away in the iniquity we were born in, and have lived in.
40-46 Among the Israelites, persons were not always prosperous or afflicted according to their obedience or disobedience. But national prosperity was the effect of national obedience, and national judgments were brought on by national wickedness. Israel was under a peculiar covenant. National wickedness will end in the ruin of any people, especially where the word of God and the light of the gospel are enjoyed. Sooner or later, sin will be the ruin, as well as the reproach, of every people. Oh that, being humbled for our sins, we might avert the rising storm before it bursts upon us! God grant that we may, in this our day, consider the things which belong to our eternal peace.
Comments for Leviticus Chapter 26...
Victor's Leviticus Chapter 26 comment about verse 4 on 11/22/2012, 1:14am...
Godís promise of rain in due season is as a result of the fulfillment of verses 1-3 of that same chapter. In order words you can make your due season by remaining spiritual.
Ruth Moreau's Leviticus Chapter 26 comment about verse 19 on 11/18/2012, 5:08pm...
Oh, Yes, The Almighty is just keeping his word. He is always faithful to us but we are so unfaithful to Him. What we are seeing in the world today is nothing compared to what is coming. The weather patterns, floods, earthquakes, pestilence, wars - all foretold so long ago. The power of the holy people is scattered. The pride of America, the greatest nation on earth, is surely being broken - their earth is like brass with thousands of acres in drought and food shortages are looming with hurricanes and floods (Sandy). They have broken their covenant with the Almighty and are a nation under judgement. God is not mocked and His Word will not return to him void. We either obey His laws or be broken by them. I am the Lord, I change not. Ruth Moreasu
Jaida's Leviticus Chapter 26 comment on 8/19/2012, 9:31am...
Because God gave us the bible, prophets/prophetess, and his only son Jesus Christ. He gave us a law, and expects us to follow it. He gave us free will, and a choice, whatever we do with that choice is of our own fault. He even offeres a free pass from being punished for former sins through jesus' sacrifice.
The reason why we still fall even when we do the best we can is mabey that is gods way of keeping you humble, or him simply testing you. You're supposed to walk by faith, not by sight. If god gave us everything we wanted we wouldn't mature through tough times. Do as the lord says and even if in this life their is no reward there will be when we are raised up on the last day. All of our hearts desires will be answered.
Sean's Leviticus Chapter 26 comment on 11/03/2011, 6:17pm...
If god has given us free will why are there punishments for trying to use it!?
Prosper ngimbwa's Leviticus Chapter 26 comment about verse 12 on 10/07/2011, 4:36am...
if God is walking with us why do we fail
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