Joshua 23

Joshua’s Farewell Address

1Now it came about after many days, when the  Lord had given a  rest to Israel from all their enemies
Lit from round about
on every side, and Joshua was old, advanced in years,
2that c  Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders and their heads and their judges and their officers, and said to them, “I am old, advanced in years. 3And you have seen all that the  Lord your God has done to all these nations because of you, for d  the  Lord your God is He who has been fighting for you. 4See, e  I have apportioned to you these nations which remain as an inheritance for your tribes, with all the nations which I have cut off, from the Jordan even to the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun. 5“The  Lord your God, He will thrust them out from before you and
Or dispossess
g  drive them from before you; and h  you will possess their land, just as the  Lord your God
Lit spoke to
promised you.
6 j  Be very firm, then, to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left, 7so that you will not
Lit go among
associate with these nations, these which remain among you, or l  mention the name of their gods, or m  make anyone swear by them, or n  serve them, or bow down to them.
8But you are to cling to the  Lord your God, as you have done to this day. 9 o  “For the  Lord has
Or dispossessed
driven out great and strong nations from before you; and as for you, q  no man has stood before you to this day.
10 r  One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the  Lord your God is s  He who fights for you, just as He
Lit spoke to
promised you.
11So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the  Lord your God. 12For if you ever go back and u  cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and v  intermarry with them, so that you
Lit go among
associate with them and they with you,
13know with certainty that the  Lord your God will not continue to
Or dispossess
drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a y  snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the  Lord your God has given you.

14Now behold, today z  I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that aa  not one word of all the good words which the  Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have
Lit come
been fulfilled for you, not
Lit one word
one of them has failed.
15It shall come about that just as all the good words which the  Lord your God spoke to you have come upon you, so ad  the  Lord will bring upon you all the threats, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the  Lord your God has given you. 16 ae  When you transgress the covenant of the  Lord your God, which He commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, then the anger of the  Lord will burn against you, and you will perish quickly from off the good land which He has given you.”
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