The Bible : English > The book of Joshua > Chapter 24
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1 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.
2 Joshua said to all the people, Thus says The LORD, the God of Israel, Your fathers lived of old time beyond the River, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nahor: and they served other gods.
3 I took your father Abraham from beyond the River, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.
4 I gave to Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave to Esau Mount Seir, to possess it: and Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
5 I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did in the midst of it: and afterward I brought you out.
6 I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and with horsemen to the Red Sea.
7 When they cried out to The LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea on them, and covered them; and your eyes saw what I did in Egypt: and you lived in the wilderness many days.
8 I brought you into the land of the Amorites, that lived beyond the Jordan: and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, and you possessed their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel: and he sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you;
10 but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.
11 You went over the Jordan, and came to Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Girgashite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; and I delivered them into your hand.
12 I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; not with your sword, nor with your bow.
13 I gave you a land whereon you had not labored, and cities which you didn`t build, and you dwell therein; of vineyards and olive groves which you didn`t plant do you eat.
14 Now therefore fear The LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River, and in Egypt; and serve you The LORD.
15 If it seem evil to you to serve The LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve The LORD.
16 The people answered, Far be it from us that we should forsake The LORD, to serve other gods;
17 for The LORD our God, he it is who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way in which we went, and among all the peoples through the midst of whom we passed;
18 and The LORD drove out from before us all the peoples, even the Amorites who lived in the land: therefore we also will serve The LORD; for he is our God.
19 Joshua said to the people, You can`t serve The LORD; for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your disobedience nor your sins.
20 If you forsake The LORD, and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you evil, and consume you, after that he has done you good.
21 The people said to Joshua, No; but we will serve The LORD.
22 Joshua said to the people, You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen you The LORD, to serve him. They said, We are witnesses.
23 Now therefore put away, [said he], the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to The LORD, the God of Israel.
24 The people said to Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and to his voice will we listen.
25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
26 Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a great stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of The LORD.
27 Joshua said to all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us; for it has heard all the words of The LORD which he spoke to us: it shall be therefore a witness against you, lest you deny your God.
28 So Joshua sent the people away, every man to his inheritance.
29 It happened after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of The LORD, died, being one hundred ten years old.
30 They buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in the hill-country of Ephraim, on the north of the mountain of Gaash.
31 Israel served The LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, and had known all the work of The LORD, that he had worked for Israel.
32 The bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in the parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money: and they became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
33 Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in the hill of Phinehas his son, which was given him in the hill-country of Ephraim.