Joshua 24

Joshua Reviews Israel’s History

1Then a  Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel and for their heads and their judges and their officers; and they presented themselves before God. 2Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, ‘From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the
I.e. Euphrates
River, namely c  Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods.
3‘Then d  I took your father Abraham from beyond the
I.e. Euphrates
River, and led him through all the land of Canaan, and f  multiplied his
Lit seed
descendants and gave him h  Isaac.
4To Isaac I gave i  Jacob and Esau, and j  to Esau I gave Mount Seir to possess it; but k  Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt. 5‘Then l  I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt
Lit according to
by what I did in its midst; and afterward I brought you out.
6I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and n  you came to the sea; and Egypt pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea.
7But when they cried out to the  Lord, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them and covered them; and your own eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And p  you lived in the wilderness for a long time. 8‘Then q  I brought you into the land of the Amorites who lived beyond the Jordan, and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land when I destroyed them before you. 9‘Then r  Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel, and he sent and summoned Balaam the son of Beor to curse you. 10‘But I s  was not willing to listen to Balaam. So he had to bless you, and I delivered you from his hand. 11t  You crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho; and the citizens of Jericho fought against you, and u  the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Girgashite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. Thus v  I gave them into your hand. 12‘Then I w  sent the hornet before you and it
Lit drove them out
drove out the two kings of the Amorites from before you, but y  not by your sword or your bow.
13z  I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.’

“We Will Serve the  Lord

14Now, therefore,
Or reverence
ab  fear the  Lord and serve Him in sincerity and
Or faithfulness
truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the
I.e. Euphrates
River and in Egypt, and serve the  Lord.
15If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the  Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or ae  the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the  Lord.”

16The people answered and said, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the  Lord to serve other gods; 17for the  Lord our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of
Lit bondmen
bondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed.
18“The  Lord drove out from before us all the peoples, even the Amorites who lived in the land. We also will serve the  Lord, for He is our God.”

19Then Joshua said to the people, “You will not be able to serve the  Lord ag  for He is a holy God. He is ah  a jealous God; ai  He will not forgive your transgression or your sins. 20 aj  If you forsake the  Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.” 21The people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the  Lord.” 22Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that ak  you have chosen for yourselves the  Lord, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and al  incline your hearts to the  Lord, the God of Israel.” 24 am  The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the  Lord our God and we will
Lit listen to
obey His voice.”
25 ao  So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26And Joshua ap  wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the  Lord. 27Joshua said to all the people, “Behold aq  this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the  Lord which He spoke
Lit with
to us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God.”
28Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his inheritance.

Joshua’s Death and Burial

29It came about after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the  Lord, died, being one hundred and ten years old. 30And they buried him in the territory of his inheritance in as  Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, on the north of Mount Gaash.

31 at  Israel served the  Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who
Lit prolonged days after
survived Joshua, and had known all the deeds of the  Lord which He had done for Israel.

32Now av  they buried the bones of Joseph, which the sons of Israel brought up from Egypt, at Shechem, in the piece of ground aw  which Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred
Heb qesitah
pieces of money; and they became the inheritance of Joseph’s sons.
33And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him
Or on the hill
at Gibeah of az  Phinehas his son, which was given him in the hill country of Ephraim.
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