The blessings and the curses of Deuteronomy take up quite some space in the text, and the discussion of these topics does not end when the explicit recounting of the various curses ends. Rather, the text then moves on to discuss two types of people who encounter these curses in their own lives. Both are part of the covenant. But one hears these curses and looks around himself and does not see them being carried out in his midst, and so he continues to operate in the hardness of his heart. The other, the man who hears and then notices the curses being carried out in his own existence and allows these judgments to move him to repentance. And in the text is the unstated question that we must all ask ourselves. Which one am I?
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