When you have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land which he has given unto you.
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George Leo Haydock
And speedily. This word is added to express the force of the Hebrew term. (Menochius)
"Punishment is seldom lame in overtaking the wicked. (Haydock)
This. He emphatically sets before them what labours they had sustained in making the acquisition, and what ingratitude they will be guilty of, if they ever forfeit so great a blessing. (Menochius)
The threat or prediction was verified during the captivity, and still more after the destruction of Jerusalem. (Calmet)