25 Jehovah will cause you to be defeated before your enemies.+ You will attack them from one direction, but you will flee from them in seven different directions; and you will become an object of horror to all the earth’s kingdoms.+ 26 And your carcasses will become food for every bird of the sky and animal of the ground, with no one to frighten them away.+
27 “Jehovah will strike you with the boils of Egypt, piles, eczema, and skin lesions, from which you cannot be healed. 28 Jehovah will strike you with madness and blindness+ and confusion.* 29 You will grope about at midday, just as a blind man gropes about in darkness,+ and you will not succeed in anything you do; and you will be constantly defrauded and robbed, with no one to save you.+ 30 You will become engaged to a woman, but another man will rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it.+ You will plant a vineyard, but you will not begin to use it.+ 31 Your bull will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat any of it. Your donkey will be stolen right in front of you, but it will not return to you. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, but you will have no savior. 32 Your sons and your daughters will be given to another people+ while you look on, and you will always long for them, but your hands will be powerless. 33 The fruitage of your ground and all that you produce will be eaten by a people whom you have not known,+ and you will always be defrauded and crushed. 34 You will be driven mad by what your eyes see.
35 “Jehovah will strike you with painful and incurable boils on your knees and legs, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head. 36 Jehovah will drive you and the king whom you set up over yourself to a nation that you and your forefathers have not known,+ and there you will serve other gods, gods of wood and of stone.+ 37 And you will become an object of horror and of scorn,* and a cause for ridicule among all the peoples to whom Jehovah drives you.+
38 “You will take much seed out into the field, but you will gather little,+ because the locust will devour it. 39 Vineyards you will plant and cultivate, but you will drink no wine and gather nothing,+ because the worm will consume it. 40 You will have olive trees in all your territory, but you will rub no oil on yourself, because your olives will drop off. 41 Sons and daughters you will bear, but they will not remain yours, because they will go off into captivity.+ 42 Swarms of insects* will overwhelm all your trees and the fruitage of your ground. 43 The foreign resident who is in your midst will keep ascending higher and higher over you, while you yourself will keep descending lower and lower. 44 He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him.+ He will become the head, while you yourself will become the tail.+