A Women’s Lectionary – Fifth Sunday of Easter
1 AIf you will only obeyB theC LordD your God,E
by diligently observingF allG his commandmentsH that I am commandingI you today,J
the Lord your God will setK you highL above all the nationsM of the earth;N
2 all these blessingsO shall comeP upon you and overtakeQ you, if you obey theR Lord your God:
3 Blessed shall you beS in the city,T and blessed shall you be in the field.U
4 Blessed shall be the fruitV of your womb,W the fruit of your ground,X and the fruit of your livestock,Y both the increaseZ of your cattleAA and the issueBB of your flock.CC
5 Blessed shall be your basketDD and your kneading bowl.EE
6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.FF
7 The Lord will causeGG your enemiesHH who riseII against you to be defeatedJJ beforeKK you;
they shall come outLL against you oneMM way,NN and fleeOO beforePP you sevenQQ ways.
8 The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns,RR and in all that you undertake;SS he will bless youTT in the landUU that the Lord your God is givingVV you.
9 The Lord will establishWW you as his holyXX people,YY as he has swornZZ to you, if you keepAAA the commandments of the Lord your God and walkBBB in his ways.
10 All the peoples of the earth shall seeCCC that you are calledDDD by the nameEEE of the Lord, and they shall be afraidFFF of you.
11 The Lord will make you aboundGGG in prosperity,HHH in the fruit of your womb, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground in the landIII that the Lord swore to your ancestorsJJJ to give you.
12 The Lord will openKKK for you his richLLL storehouse,MMM the heavens,NNN to give the rain of your landOOO in its seasonPPP
and to bless all your undertakings.QQQ You will lendRRR to manySSS nations, but you will not borrow.TTT
13 The Lord will makeUUU you the head,VVV and not the tail;WWW you shall beXXX onlyYYY at the top,ZZZ and notAAAA at the bottomBBBB—if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, by diligently observing them,
14 and if you do not turn asideCCCC from anyDDDD of the wordsEEEE that I am commanding you today, either to the rightFFFF or to the left,GGGG
followingHHHH otherIIII godsJJJJ to serveKKKK them.
Image credit: “Moses Views the Promised Land” by Frederic Leighton, 1881.