Verses 15-19 are in direct contrast to verses 1-6.
Thereafter the curses are described in fiver paragraphs, which are somewhat similar in content:
(1) verses 20-26;
(2) verses 27-37;
(3) verse 38-44;
(4) verses 45-57;
(5) verses 58-68.
- Examine these five paragraphs, noting their similarities.
What are the evils contained in these curses?
- This chapter shows God’s people brought under a judgment worse than any that has befallen a heathen nation.
It was fulfilled to some degree in the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities, but mainly in the Fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, and the subsequent history of the Jews.
How does this emphasize the teaching that it is better not to begin to seek God rather than subsequently to turn away?
Cf. Matt. 12:43-45; Heb. 2:1-4; 10:26-31; 2 Pet. 2:20-22.
Note. Verse 46. ‘A sign and a wonder’: a sign of divine judgment, and a wonder causing astonishment.