|Joshua 24 |
1 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.
2 And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelled on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor; and they served other gods.
3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the Euphrates, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.
4 And I gave to Isaac, Jacob and Esau; and I gave mount Seir to Esau, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
5 Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did among them; and after the plagues, I brought you out.
6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea; the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red sea.
7 And when they cried to the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I did in Egypt; and you dwelled in the wilderness for a long time.
8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, who dwelled on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand so that you could possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you.
10 But I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he had to bless you, and I delivered you out of his hand.
11 And you went over Jordan, and came to Jericho. The men of Jericho fought against you, as did the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them all into your hand.
12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not by your sword or by your bow.
13 And I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities that you did not build; and you dwell in them. Do you not eat of the vineyards and olive yards that you did not plant?"
14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods that your fathers served on the other side of the Euphrates, and served in Egypt; and serve you the LORD.
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods that your fathers served, which were on the other side of the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
16 And the people answered and said, "God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
17 For the LORD our God, is he who brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the people through whom we passed.
18 And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites who dwelled in the land. Therefore will we also serve the LORD for he is our God."
19 And Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the LORD for he is a holy God, he is a jealous God, and he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins,
20 If you forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he has done you good."
21 And the people said to Joshua, "No; but we will serve the LORD."
22 And Joshua said to the people, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him." And they said, "We are witnesses."
23 "Now therefore put away," he said, "the strange gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel."
24 And the people said to Joshua, "The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey."
25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, which was by the sanctuary of the LORD.
27 And Joshua said to all the people, "Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us for it has heard all the words of the LORD that he spoke to us; it shall be therefore a witness to you, lest you deny your God."
28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man to his inheritance.
29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being a hundred and ten years old.
30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that out lived Joshua, and who had known all the works of the LORD that he had done for Israel.
32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, were buried by them at Shechem in a parcel of ground that Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for a hundred pieces of silver; and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that belonged to Phinehas his son, which had been given to him in mount Ephraim.