Partially quoting Deuteronomy 30:19, it says: “I take the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you today that I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the curse”. This taking “the heavens and earth” as witnesses, was it mere illustrative hyperbole? We know that under the Law, a human witness can testify against a person and, if found guilty, be the first to throw a stone intended to cause death. But do we have any indication that the heavens and earth condemned people to death? Indeed we do. We need only remember the case of Sodom and Gomorrah and/or the case of Korah where the earth swallowed up wicked people.