Joshua 24


The History of Israel's Sojourn

And Joshua brought together all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and he called together the elders of Israel, and their rulers, and their magistrates, and their scribes; and they stood before God. And Joshua said to all the people, Thus says the  lord God of Israel, On the other side of the river [2dwelled 1your fathers] from the beginning -- Terah the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor; and they served [2gods 1other]. And I took your father Abraham from out of the other side of the river, and I guided him in all the land of Canaan, and I multiplied his seed. And I gave to him Isaac; and I gave to Isaac Jacob and Esau; and I gave to Esau mount Seir, for an inheritance to him; and Jacob and his sons went down into Egypt. And I sent Moses and Aaron, and he struck Egypt with the things which he did among them. And after these things he led you, and he led your fathers from out of Egypt. And you entered into the sea, and [3pursued 1the 2Egyptians] after your fathers with chariots and with horses into the [2sea 1red]. And we yelled to the  lord, and he put a cloud and dimness between you and between the Egyptians; and he brought upon them the sea, and it covered them; and [2beheld 1your eyes] as much as the  lord did in the land of Egypt; and you were in the wilderness [2days 1many]. And he led you into the land of the Amorites dwelling on the other side of the Jordan; and they deployed against you. And [2delivered 3them 1the  lord] into your hands, and you inherited their land, and you utterly destroyed them from your face. And Balak rose up, the son of Zippor, king of Moab, and deployed against Israel. And sending, he called Balaam son of Beor to curse you. 10 And [3did not 4want 1the  lord 2your God] to destroy you, and with blessings he blessed you, and rescued you from their hands. 11 And you passed over the Jordan and came to Jericho; and [4waged war 5against 6you 1the ones 2dwelling 3in Jericho], the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite; and he delivered them into your hands. 12 And he sent [3in front 4of you 1the 2swarm of wasps], and it cast them out from your presence -- the two kings of the Amorites; but not by your broadsword, nor by your bow. 13 And he gave to you the land upon which you did not tire by labor upon; and he gave cities which you did not build, but you settled upon them; and he gave vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant, but you shall eat from them.

Choose Whom You Will Serve

14 And now fear the  lord, and serve him in straightness and in righteousness, and remove the [2gods 1alien] which [2served 1your fathers] on the other side of the river, and in Egypt, and serve to the  lord! 15 But if it is not pleasing to you to serve to the  lord, choose to yourselves today whom you should serve! whether to the gods of your fathers, to the ones on the other side of the river, or whether to the gods of the Amorites, in which you dwell upon their land. But I and my house, will serve to the  lord! 16 And responding the people said, May it not be to us to leave the  lord so as to serve [2gods 1other]. 17 The  lord our God, he led us and our fathers from out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery, and as many as [3he did 4to us 2signs 1these great], and guarded us in all the way which we went by it, and among all the nations which we went through them. 18 And the  lord cast out all the nations, and the Amorite dwelling in the land, from our face. But also we will serve to the  lord, for this one is our God. 19 And Joshua said to all the people, In no way shall you be able to serve to the  lord (for he is holy, and God is jealous, this one shall not spare your violations of the law, and your sins) 20 when ever you should abandon the  lord, and should serve [2gods 1alien]. And coming he shall afflict you, and shall completely consume you, because [2good 1he did] to you. 21 And [3said 1the 2people] to Joshua, No, but to the  lord we shall serve. 22 And Joshua said to the people, You are witnesses according to yourselves that [3chose 1you 2yourselves] the  lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 And now, remove the [2gods 1alien], the ones among you, and straighten the heart to the  lord God of Israel! 24 And [3said 1the 2people] to Joshua, To the  lord our God we shall serve, and of his voice we shall hearken.

Joshua Ordains a Covenant with Israel

25 And Joshua ordained a covenant with the people in that day. And he gave to them the law and judgment in Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these things in a scroll of the law of God. And [2took 4stone 3a great 5and 6set 7it 1Joshua] there under the terebinth tree before the  lord. 27 And Joshua said to all the people, Behold, this stone will be to you for a testimony; for it has heard all the things being said by the  lord, as much as he spoke to you today. And this will be in you for a testimony unto the last of the days, when ever you should lie to the  lord your God. 28 And Joshua sent the people each to his place.

Joshua Dies

29 And it came to pass after those things [4died 1Joshua 2the son 3of Nun], a servant of the  lord who was a hundred ten years old. 30 And they entombed him by the borders of his inheritance in Timmnath-serah, in mount Ephraim, from the north of the mountain of Gaash. 31 And Israel served to the  lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders, as many as dragged on in time after Joshua, and as many as beheld all the works of the  lord, as much as he did to Israel. 32 And [5the 6bones 7of Joseph 4took up 1the 2sons 3of Israel] from out of Egypt, and they buried them in Shechem, in the portion of the field of which Jacob acquired from the Amorites dwelling in Shechem for a hundred ewe-lambs, and he gave it to Joseph for a portion. 33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the chief priest came to an end; and he was entombed in Gabath of Phinehas his son, which he gave to him in mount Ephraim.
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