Deuteronomy 28:64

Hebrew Bible

63 This is what will happen: Just as the Lord delighted to do good for you and make you numerous, so he will also take delight in destroying and decimating you. You will be uprooted from the land you are about to possess. 64 The Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods of wood and stone. 65 Among those nations you will have no rest, nor will there be a place of peaceful rest for the soles of your feet, for there the Lord will give you an anxious heart, failing eyesight, and a spirit of despair.

Tobit 3:2


2 "You are righteous, O Lord, and all your deeds are just; all your ways are mercy and truth; you judge the world. 3 And now, O Lord, remember me and look favorably upon me. Do not punish me for my sins and for my unwitting offenses and those that my ancestors committed before you. They sinned against you, 4 and disobeyed your commandments. So you gave us over to plunder, exile, and death, to become the talk, the byword, and an object of reproach among all the nations among whom you have dispersed us. 5 And now your many judgments are true in exacting penalty from me for my sins. For we have not kept your commandments and have not walked in accordance with truth before you.

 Notes and References

"... Tobit interprets his people’s fate as a manifestation of the covenant curses (Tobit 3:2–5; 14:7; Deuteronomy 28:63–65). He even attributes his own predicament as punishment for sin, whether his own, his ancestors’, or his people’s. His advice to Tobias reflects the conviction that commitment to the Torah will result in prosperity (Tobit 4:6). His hope for his people’s future is grounded in the promises of Deuteronomy 30–32: returning in obedience to God “with all your heart and with all your soul” will result in God’s no longer hiding His face from Israel (Tobit 13:2, 5–6; 14:4–6; Deuteronomy 6:5; 30:1–5; 32:29), so that the people will once again dwell in the land of Israel securely (Tobit 14:7; Deuteronomy 12:10–11) ..."

DeSilva, David A. The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (p. 91) Oxford University Press, 2012

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