Deuteronomy 11:17

Hebrew Bible

15 I will provide pasture for your livestock and you will eat your fill.” 16 Make sure you do not turn away to serve and worship other gods! 17 Then the anger of the Lord will erupt against you, and he will close up the sky so that it does not rain. The land will not yield its produce, and you will soon be removed from the good land that the Lord is about to give you. 18 Fix these words of mine into your mind and being, tie them as a reminder on your hands, and let them be symbols on your forehead. 19 Teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up.

1 Enoch 100:11


9 Woe to you, ye sinners, on account of the words of your mouth, And on account of the deeds of your hands which your godlessness as wrought, In blazing flames burning worse than fire shall ye burn. 10 And now, know ye that from the angels He will inquire as to your deeds in heaven, from the sun and from the moon and from the stars in reference to your sins because upon the earth ye execute judgement on the righteous. 11 And He will summon to testify against you every cloud and mist and dew and rain; for they shall all be withheld because of you from descending upon you, and they shall be mindful of your sins. 12 And now give presents to the rain that it be not withheld from descending upon you, nor yet the dew, when it has received gold and silver from you that it may descend. 13 When the hoar-frost and snow with their chilliness, and all the snow-storms with all their plagues fall upon you, in those days ye shall not be able to stand before them.

 Notes and References

"... Reference to the elements is now extended to include the beneficent forms of precipitation. Once again employing a structure in which lines A and C parallel one another, he makes use of legal vocabulary. The elements will 'testify' (Deuteronomy 4:26; 30:19) against the sinners, in effect making mention of or recalling their sins (compare 99:3). This testimony, given in public for all to see, will take the form of drought. Thus, it will be not only testimony but judgement and punishment, one of the announced curses of the covenant (Deuteronomy 28:22-24; compare Psalms of Solmon 17:21). Taking up the theme of God as Creator, the author describes the elements of the creation as the faithful and obedient executors of God's justice - a theme to which he will return in verse 13 and 101:2-3. Once again the sinner finds himself at the mercy of forces that he cannot control or influence ..."

Nickelsburg, George W. E. A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch Chapters 1-36, 81-108 (pp. 506-507) Fortress Press, 2001

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