The land vomits out its inhabitants: For the land is defiled… You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times: For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Do not defile yourselves with any of these things: lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you. For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people:
Therefore, none of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness (Hebrew: לְגַלּ֣וֹת - to have sexual relations): It is wickedness. Moreover, you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor’s wife, to defile yourself with her. Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it: It is perversion. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman: It is an abomination.
And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire (Hebrew: לְהַעֲבִ֣יר - to be sacrificed) to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons– (Hebrew: לַשְּׂעִירִ֕ם – to the goat demons): after whom they have played the harlot…
For by all these, the nations are defiled… The land (Hebrew: הָאָ֖רֶץ – the Earth) is defiled: Therefore, I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it.
“Cursed is the ground for your sake: Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you. In the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
Behold, the Lord makes the Earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
The Earth mourns and fades away, The haughty people of the Earth languish. The Earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Broken the everlasting Covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the Earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate.
The Earth will be violently broken, The Earth will be split open, The Earth will be shaken exceedingly. The Earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut: For its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again.
It shall come to pass in that Day, That the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the Earth the kings of the Earth.
Therefore, do not defile the land which you inhabit: you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.
Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, lest the LORD’s anger be aroused against you: and He shuts up the Heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out: “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs. Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? And we know that all things work together for Good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
The creation was subjected to futility, because of Him who subjected it in hope: because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
So, says the LORD: You shall observe My statutes and perform them; then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill, and dwell there in safety. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid. I will rid the land of Evil beasts and the sword will not go through your land.
‘If you keep My Commandments and perform them: then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. You shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.’