When they were about to cross the Jordan, Moses instructs the Israelites that the Levites shall recite to the people the blessings and the curses at Mount Gerizim and Ebal respectively

Deuteronomy 27:12-14 NIV

12 When you have crossed the Jordan, these tribes shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin. 13 And these tribes shall stand on Mount Ebal to pronounce curses: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali.14 The Levites shall recite to all the people of Israel in a loud voice:

But when they had crossed the Jordan, it is Joshua who seems to recite the blessings and curses.

Joshua 8:34-35 NIV

34 Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law. 35 There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the foreigners who lived among them.

Incidentally, Joshua is from the tribe of Ephraim, of which Moses had said nothing concerning these blessings and curses.

So how is it that Joshua recites them before the people?

  • Separate events. Nowhere does it forbid Joshua to recite anything.
    – GFFG
    Apr 29, 2019 at 17:52

1 Answer 1


There are two separate things in view here:

  • Deut 27:11-27 discusses the recitation of the curses by requiring the Levites to pronounce the 12 curses to which all the people respond, "Amen".
  • Josh 8:30-35 record the reading of the entire "Law" (presumably the book of Deuteronomy, as it was what "Moses Commanded"). I assume that when they came to the 12 curses as recorded in Deut 27:11-27, they were recited as instructed.

Thus, I see no conflict between the two passages of Scripture.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.