Joshua 231And it came to pass after many days after the Lord had given Israel rest from all his enemies round about, that Joshua was old and advanced in years. 2And Joshua called together all the children of Israel, and their elders, and their chiefs, and their judges, and their officers, and said to them, I am old and advanced in years. 3And you have seen all that the Lord our God has done to all these nations before us; for it is the Lord your God who has fought for you. 4See, that I have given to you these nations that are left to you by lots to your tribes, all the nations beginning at the Jordan; and some I have destroyed; and the boundaries shall be at the Great Sea westward. 5And the Lord our God, He shall destroy them before us, until they utterly perish; and He shall send against them the wild beasts, until He has utterly destroyed them and their kings from before you; and you shall inherit their land, as the Lord our God said to you. 6Therefore strive diligently to observe and do all things written in the Book of the Law of Moses, that you turn not to the right hand or to the left; 7that you go not in among these nations that are left; and the names of their gods shall not be named among you, neither shall you serve them, neither shall you bow down to them. 8But you shall cleave to the Lord our God, as you have done until this day. 9And the Lord shall destroy them before you, even great and strong nations; and no one has stood before us until this day. 10One of you has chased a thousand, for the Lord our God, He fought for you, as He said to us. 11And take great heed to love the Lord our God. 12For if you shall turn aside and attach yourselves to these nations that are left with you, and make marriages with them, and become mingled with them and they with you, 13know that the Lord will no more destroy these nations from before you; and they will be to you snares and stumbling blocks, and nails in your heels, and darts in your eyes, until you are destroyed from off this good land, which the Lord your God has given you. 14But I hasten to go the way of death, as all that are upon the earth also do. And you know in your heart and in your soul, that not one word has fallen to the ground of all the words which the Lord our God has spoken respecting all that concerns us; there has not one of them failed. 15And it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon us which the Lord God promised you, so shall He bring upon you all the evil things, until He has destroyed you from off this good land, which the Lord has given you, 16when you transgress the covenant of the Lord our God, which He has commanded us, and go and serve other gods, and bow down to them.
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