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Leviticus 26 (Vayikra) – JPS

Leviticus 26

Leviticus 26 (Vayikra) Summary

Leviticus 26 (Vayikra) begins with the reminder from YHVH that He is the God of Israel. Israel must not worship any other god. YHVH proceeds to explain the blessings for keeping His statutes and instructions. Afterward, He warns of the dangers of not keeping them by laying out the curses that would come upon Israel. However, He gives Israel the opportunity to humble themselves and return to Him even in exile.

Leviticus 26 (Vayikra) Outline

Leviticus 26 (Vayikra) can be navigated in three possible ways. (1) The traditional verse division, (2) Jewish tradition of daily reading called Torah Portions, and (3) the Literary Layout per Jacob Milgrom. Click the caret below to navigate using the Torah Portions and Literary Layout.

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Torah Portions:

  1. Seventh Reading – vv. 1-2 – Parsha Behar
  2. First Reading – vv. 3-5 – Parsha Bechukotai
  3. Second Reading – vv. 6-9- Parsha Bechukotai
  4. Third Reading – vv. 10-46- Parsha Bechukotai

Literary Layout:

  1. The Essence of God’s Commandments – vv. 1-2
  2. The Blessings – vv. 3-13
  3. The Curses – vv. 14-39
  4. Remorse and the Recall of the Covenant – vv.40-45
  5. Summation – v. 46

Leviticus 26 Structure:

Leviticus 26 (Vayikra) English Verses

Parsha Behar #32
~ On the Mount ~

SEVENTH READING

→ The Essence of God’s Commandments

1 Ye shall make you no idols, neither shall ye rear you up a graven image, or a pillar, neither shall ye place any figured stone in your land, to bow down unto it; for I am the LORD your God.
2 Ye shall keep My sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD.

Parsha Bechukotai #33
~ In My Laws ~

FIRST READING

→ The Blessings

3 If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them;
4 then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield her produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye shall eat your bread until ye have enough, and dwell in your land safely.

SECOND READING

6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; and I will cause evil beasts to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
Lev 26:7  And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
Lev 26:8  And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
Lev 26:9  And I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you; and will establish My covenant with you.

THIRD READING

And ye shall eat old store long kept, and ye shall bring forth the old from before the new.
Lev 26:11  And I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.
Lev 26:12  And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be My people.
Lev 26:13  I am the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bars of your yoke, and made you go upright.

→ The Curses

Lev 26:14  But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments;
Lev 26:15  and if ye shall reject My statutes, and if your soul abhor Mine ordinances, so that ye will not do all My commandments, but break My covenant;
Lev 26:16  I also will do this unto you: I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall make the eyes to fail, and the soul to languish; and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
Lev 26:17  And I will set My face against you, and ye shall be smitten before your enemies; they that hate you shall rule over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
Lev 26:18  And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins.
Lev 26:19  And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.
Lev 26:20  And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield her produce, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.
Lev 26:21  And 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.
Lev 26:22  And I will send the beast of the field among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your ways shall become desolate.
Lev 26:23  And if in spite of these things ye will not be corrected unto Me, but will walk contrary unto Me;
Lev 26:24  then will I also walk contrary unto you; and I will smite you, even I, seven times for your sins.
Lev 26:25  And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant; and ye shall be gathered together within your cities; and I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
Lev 26:26  When I break your staff of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver your bread again by weight; and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
Lev 26:27  And if ye will not for all this hearken unto Me, but walk contrary unto Me;
Lev 26:28  then I will walk contrary unto you in fury; and I also will chastise you seven times for your sins.
Lev 26:29  And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
Lev 26:30  And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-pillars, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you.
Lev 26:31  And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
Lev 26:32  And I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
Lev 26:33  And you will I scatter among the nations, and I will draw out the sword after you; and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
Lev 26:34  Then shall the land be paid her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye are in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and repay her sabbaths.
Lev 26:35  As long as it lieth desolate it shall have rest; even the rest which it had not in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.
Lev 26:36  And as for them that are left of you, I will send a faintness into their heart in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a driven leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as one fleeth from the sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.
Lev 26:37  And they shall stumble one upon another, as it were before the sword, when none pursueth; and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.
Lev 26:38  And ye shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
Lev 26:39  And 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.

→ Remorse and the Recall of the Covenant

Lev 26:40  And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, in their treachery which they committed against Me, and also that they have walked contrary unto Me.
Lev 26:41  I also will walk contrary unto them, and bring them into the land of their enemies; if then perchance their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and they then be paid the punishment of their iniquity;
Lev 26:42  then 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.
Lev 26:43  For the land shall lie forsaken without them, and shall be paid her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them; and they shall be paid the punishment of their iniquity; because, even because they rejected Mine ordinances, and their soul abhorred My statutes.
Lev 26:44  And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break My covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God.
Lev 26:45  But 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 nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

→ Summation

Lev 26:46  These are the statutes and ordinances and laws, which the LORD made between Him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

Leviticus 26 (Vayikra) English Verses

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WSB Links

  1. Parsha Bechukotai – The Parsha page containing Stats, Readings, and additional links.
  2. Sefer Vayikra- Chapter 26 – The Hebrew text for this chapter.
  3.  Leviticus/Vayikra Chapter 26 Interlinear – Coming Soon

Online Resources

  1. Bible Hub Interlinear Chapter 26

Offline Resources

Chumash

  1. The Schocken Bible: Volume 1, The Five Books of Moses | Schocken Books | Everett Fox – My Hebrew teacher, Yoel HaLevi, has stated this is the best English translation he has heard. It is a first in a three-volume series translated by rabbis for Jewish English readers.
  2. The Steinsaltz Humash | Koren Publishers | Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz – The Late Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz was renowned for his Koren Talmud. He has been called the modern Rashi.
  3. The Pentateuch & Haftorahs | The Soncino Press | Dr. J.H. Hertz – The Late Chief Rabbi of the British Empire was renowned for his writings and teachings. Many consider this a must have for any personal library. In the Preface Dr. Hertz calls this “a People’s Commentary”.
  4. The Living Torah | Maznaim Publishing | Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan – Rabbi Kaplan is well known for working with texts from Kabbalah. In the Translator’s Introduction he writes, “It (this book) is meant to be a book that can be given to a boy on the day of his Bar Mitzvah, and yet remain the subject of lifelong study.”

Commentaries

  1. Leviticus: A Book of Ritual and Ethics: Continental Commentaries| Fortress Press | Professor Joseph Milgrom – He is the leading authority on the book of Leviticus. This is the scaled down version of his three-volume work in the Archor Bible Series.
  2. The JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus | Jewish Publication Society | Dr. Baruch A. Levine – This is a semi-scholarly work that is required reading for anyone wanting to study the book of Leviticus.
  3. Covenant & Conversation Commentary | Schocken Books | Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – The Late Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ last published commentary on the Torah.
  4. The Parsha with Rabbi Juravel: Sefer Vayikra | MC Publications | Rabbi M. Feinzeig – Rabbi Juravel is well-known for his teachings for children. This series were created from his famous children’s teachings. In my opinion, everyone new to Jewish studies should start their studies here.

Hebrew Resources

  1. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon | Hendrickson Pub. | Francis Brown – One of the most used Hebrew and English Lexicons among serious Bible students.
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