Joshua 24

Joshua 24

1Joshua assembleth the tribes at Shechem, 2and layeth before them a brief history of God's benefits from the days of Terah. 14He reneweth the covenant between God and them. 26A stone is set up to witness the covenant. 29Joshua's age, death, and burial. 32Joseph's bones are buried. 33Eleazar dieth.

1 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to 1Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their 2officers; and they 3presented themselves before God.

2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, 1Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

3 And 1I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.

4 And 1I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but 2Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.

5 I 1sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.

6 And I 1brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.

7 And when they cried unto the Lord, 1he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, 2and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and 3your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and 4ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

8 And I 1brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; 2and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.

9 Then 1Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:

10 But 1I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.

11 And ye 1went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.

12 And 1I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.

13 And 1I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.

14 ¶ Now therefore 1fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and 2put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and 3in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, 1choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or 2the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but 3as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

16 And the people answered and said, 1God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;

17 For 1the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:

18 And 1the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore 2will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.

19 And Joshua said unto the people, 1Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is 2an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

20 If ye 1forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

21 And the people said unto Joshua, 1Nay; but we will serve the Lord.

22 And Joshua said unto the people, 1Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

23 Now therefore 1put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel.

24 And the people said unto Joshua, 1The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

25 So Joshua 1made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

26 ¶ And Joshua 1wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord.

27 And Joshua said unto all the people, 1Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.

28 So 1Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.

29 ¶ And it came to pass 1after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old.

30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in 1Timnath-serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.

31 And Israel 1served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that aoverlived Joshua, and 2which had known all the works of the Lord, that he had done for Israel.

321And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a 2parcel of ground which Jacob bought of 3the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred apieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

33 1And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to 2Phinehas his son, which was given him in 3mount Ephraim.

Joshua 24