Leviticus Chapter 26

Leviticus 26

1Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

2Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

3If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

4Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

5And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

6And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.

7And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.

8And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

9For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.

10And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.

11And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.

12And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

13I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

14But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;

15And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:

16I 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.

17And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

18And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

19And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

20And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

21And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.

22I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.

23And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;

24Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

25And 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.

26And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

27And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;

28Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

29And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.

30And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

31And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.

32And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.

33And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

34Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.

35As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.

36And 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.

37And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

38And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

39And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

40If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

41And 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:

42Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

43The 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.

44And 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.

45But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

46These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the LORD made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

16 thoughts on “Leviticus Chapter 26

  1. Rewards and Punishments

    God promises the people of Isreal immediate, tangible rewards for their compliance with the law, affirming his pleasure in their obedience. God is offended by disobedience, and he manifests his displeasure by bringing terror, disease, unquenchable hunger, and defeat on those who disregard his laws. Or the sum of the next few books to come, a long road to redemption.
    In the New Testament, God’s attitudes toward obedience and disobedience are the same, but he apparently takes a different approach to meeting out rewards and punishments. Neither blessings nor trials should be taken as signs of his pleasure or displeasure, for he “causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous alike” ( Mt 5:45). Instead, God emphasizes the eternal, heavenly rewards that await the faithful (Mt 5:12;Lk 6:23).

  2. 3If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

    4Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

    5And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall

    9For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.

    Obedience yields blessing. In verse 9, God says that he has respect for the individual that keeps his commandments. The creator of the world would have respect for his creation due to obedience. I want to please the Lord!

  3. FULLY PERSUADED

    2 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.
    3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

    WHOA! What a chapter! After reading this chapter the words FULLY PERSUADED leaped within me. With the favor, blessings and promises made to Israel for being faithful and obedient. Resources, Peace, Authority, VICTORY!

    However to then read the impending trouble to come through disobedience, rebellion and selfishness is traumatizing. I am FULLY PERSUADED to choose the LORD and HIS Commandments.

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  4. If we would only remember that as long as we are submitted under proper authority and under God. All things will work out for the good. God is a jealious God, and He wants us to have the realationship with Him. IN this chapter we see that God is showing that if we will stay for him all will be fine. But if we dont ,He will turn His back to us.

  5. v3 If ye wail in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

    To fear The Lord thy GOD, to walk in all His ways, and to love HIM and each other and
    serve the Lord GOD with all thy heart and with all thy soul ” which HE command this day is for our own good”
    Disobedience brings much pain, and because of our sins and disobedience JESUS was crucified. Even in disobedience GOD has promise to forgive us if we truly repent.
    We have to put the effort to walk back and repent.
    GOD help us repent of our failures and begin again.
    GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!……What a promise.

  6. 40If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;
    41And 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:
    42Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

    The children of Israel were given a choice, kepp my commands or suffer my wrath. Their only chance of returning to God if they failed was to repent. Today, daily repentance, as well as daily prayer and daily reading, is a necessary for us to stay close to Christ.

  7. Vs 2 reverence my sanctuary. In passing a “church” the other day I got upset. I understand that some people can’t afford what we would call church clothes, or they just got off work and in there haste, they didn’t have time to change. But when you treat the house of God like going to the store, there is a problem. People walking into a church with shorts and a tank top, skin tight clothes, not because they don’t know better, but instead because they have no respect for the things of god.

  8. In 2 Kings 17 and 25 the warning pronounced in these verses came true. The people persistnely disobeyed, and eventually they were conquered and carried off to the lands of Assyria and Babylonia. The nation was held in captivity for 70 years, making up for all of the years that the Israelites did not observe the law of the sabbath year.

    These verses show what God meant when he said he is slow to anger. Even if the Israelites chose to disobey and were scattered among their enemies, God would still give them the opportunity to repent and return to him. His purpose was not to destroy them, but to help them grow. Our day-to-day experiences and hardships are sometimes overwhelming; unless we can see that God’s purpose is to bring about continual growth in us, we may despair. The hope we need is well expressed in Jeremiah 29:11 – 12 “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” To retain hope while we suffer shows we understand God’s merciful ways of relating to his people.

  9. 3If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

    4Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

    All of the promises in this chapter are contingent upon us….if ye ….. then I will saith the Lord.

    Help us to walk in his statutes so that He will keep his commandments; promises of rain in due season, increase and fruit!

  10. We see in this chapter a list of blessings and curses, made available to the children of Israel based on whether they served the Lord or not. They seem like great extremes, yet that’s how it boils down when we either chose God and heaven or sin and hell. The lie of “gray areas” says things don’t have to be good or bad, they can be in between. Nonetheless, regardless of appearances, the Word draws a sharp line between white and black concerning sin as well as the consequences of it. It really highlights God’s love in that He gave Israel not only boundaries but consequences to deter them from sin and blessings to draw them to Him and reward obedience.

  11. 3If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

    4Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

  12. Vs 19 God will continue to work with you to a point and then he will do what it may take to break your spirit and submit to his will.

  13. Wow…what a chapter! It’s pretty clear on what happens between obedience and disobedience. We have to make that choice in our life: Do we follow his commandments and “have more than enough to eat and will live safe and secure in your land” as the end of Verse 5 in the Message version reads or suffer the consequences of disobedience? Even then, the Lord leaves his arms open to receive those who repent!

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