Joshua 24

VIN(i) 1 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem; he summoned the elders of Israel, their heads, their judges, and their officials, and they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the LORD the God of Israel: 'Long ago your ancestors—Terah the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor—lived beyond the river, 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 descendants, and gave him Isaac. 4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. 5 And I sent Moses and Aaron and plagued Egypt, as I did in its midst. And afterward I brought you out. 6 And I brought you and your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea: and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen, as far as the Red Sea. 7 They cried out to the LORD, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and he brought the sea over them and covered them; your own eyes saw what I did in Egypt. Then you lived in the wilderness for many days. 8 “'I brought you into the land of the Amorites, that lived beyond the Jordan. They fought with you, and I gave them into your hand. You possessed their land, and I destroyed them from before you. 9 Then Balak, the son of Zippor, king of Moab, went up to war against Israel; and he sent for Balaam, the son of Beor, to put a curse on you: 10 But I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand. 11 'Next, you crossed the Jordan River and arrived at Jericho. But the citizens of Jericho fought you, as did the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and the Jebusites, so I gave them into your control. 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 on which you had not labored, and cities which you didn't build, and you live in them. You eat of vineyards and olive groves which you didn't plant.' 14 "So now, revere the LORD and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness; remove the gods that your ancestors served beyond the river and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if it seems evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, whether the gods whom your fathers served Beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 16 And the people answer and say, `Far be it from us to forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17 for the LORD our God brought us and our ancestors from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery, and did these great signs before our eyes. He protected us along the entire way that we went, and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed. 18 And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites who lived in the land. We will also 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, he will turn and bring disaster to you; he will destroy you after he has done good to you." 21 And the people said to Joshua, "No, we will serve the LORD." 22 Joshua responded, "You are giving testimony against yourselves, that you have chosen to serve the LORD." They replied, "We are witnesses!" 23 Joshua said, "Therefore abandon the foreign gods that are among you, and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel." 24 And the people replied unto Joshua, We will serve the LORD our God and hear his voice. 25 Joshua made a covenant for the people that day at Shechem. He gave them laws and rules to follow. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the Law of God, and took a great stone and set it up there under an oak by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27 And Joshua said to all the people, "Look, this stone will be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD that he spoke with us. It will be as a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God." 28 So Joshua sent the people away, each to his own inheritance. 29 And after those things, Joshua the son of Nave, the servant of the Lord died at the age of a hundred and ten years; 30 They buried him in the territory of his inheritance, at Timnath-Serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 31 Israel served the LORD for the entire lifetimes of Joshua and of the officials who outlived Joshua, that is, the ones who had personally known everything that the LORD had done for Israel. 32 The bones of Jacob, which the Israelites had brought out from Egypt, they buried at Shechem, in a piece of land that Jacob had bought from the children of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for one hundred pieces of money; it became an inheritance for the descendants of Joseph. 33 And 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