The Covenant Renewal at Shechem1Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel ato Shechem and bsummoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And cthey presented themselves before God. 2And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, dyour fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, ▼
▼Hebrew the RiverTerah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and fthey served other gods. 3 gThen I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and hled him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. iI gave him Isaac. 4And to Isaac I gave jJacob and Esau. kAnd I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, lbut Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. 5 mAnd I sent Moses and Aaron, nand I plagued Egypt with what I did in the midst of it, and oafterward I brought you out.
6“‘Then pI brought your fathers out of Egypt, and qyou came to the sea. rAnd the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7 sAnd when they cried to the Lord, the put darkness between you and the Egyptians uand made the sea come upon them and cover them; vand your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. wAnd you lived in the wilderness a long time. 8Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan. xThey fought with you, and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. 9 yThen Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel. zAnd he sent and invited Balaam the son of Beor to curse you, 10 aabut I would not listen to Balaam. abIndeed, he blessed you. So I delivered you out of his hand. 11 acAnd you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, adand the leaders of Jericho fought against you, and also aethe Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And I gave them into your hand. 12And I sent afthe hornet before you, which drove them out before you, the two kings of the Amorites; it was agnot by your sword or by your bow. 13I gave you a land on which you had not labored ahand cities that you had not built, and you dwell in them. You eat the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.’
Choose Whom You Will Serve14 ai“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. ajPut away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 akAnd if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, alchoose this day whom you will serve, whether amthe gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or anthe gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. aoBut as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
16Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, 17for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed. 18And the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”
19But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is apa holy God. He is aqa jealous God; arhe will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 asIf you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then athe will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.” 21And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord.” 22Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that auyou have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23He said, “Then avput away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” 25So Joshua awmade a covenant with the people that day, and put in place axstatutes and rules for them at Shechem. 26And Joshua aywrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And azhe took a large stone and set it up there baunder the terebinth that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. 27And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, bbthis stone shall be a witness against us, for bcit has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us. Therefore it shall be a witness against you, lest you deal falsely with your God.” 28So Joshua bdsent the people away, every man to his inheritance.
Joshua’s Death and Burial29 beAfter these things Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being 110 years old. 30And they buried him in his own inheritance at bfTimnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash.
31 bgIsrael served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua bhand had known all the work that the Lord did for Israel.
32 biAs for the bones of Joseph, which the people of Israel brought up from Egypt, they buried them at Shechem, in the piece of land bjthat Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money. ▼
▼Hebrew for a hundred qesitah; a unit of money of unknown valueIt became an inheritance of the descendants of Joseph.
33And Eleazar the son of Aaron died, and they buried him at Gibeah, the town of blPhinehas his son, which had been given him in bmthe hill country of Ephraim.
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