1Joshua exhorteth before his death to obedience by the remembrance of former benefits, 5by the prospect of future blessings, 12and by threatenings in case of disobedience.
1And it came to pass a long time after that the Lord1had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua 2waxed old andastricken in age.
2And 1Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their 2officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken in age:
3And ye have 1seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the Lord your God is he that hath fought for you.
4Behold, 1I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the 2great sea awestward.
5And the Lord your God, he 1shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, 2as the Lord your God hath promised unto you.
6Be 1ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
7That 1ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor 2cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
8aBut cleave unto the Lord your God, as 1ye have done unto this day.
9aFor the Lord hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, 1no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.
10One 1man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
11Take 1good heed therefore unto ayourselves, that ye love the Lord your God.
12Else if 1ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:
13Know for a certainty 1that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.
14And, behold, this day I am1going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that 2not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
15Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the Lord your God promised you; so 1shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.
16When 1ye have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.