THE BOOK OF
Joshua 24 ©
Joshua assembles all the tribes of Israel at Shechem, v. 1, etc. He puts them in mind of the favors and benefits of God, shown unto their fathers and themselves, 2. He exhorts them in that regard faithfully to serve the true God, 4. Protesting for himself and his house in this behalf, 15. The people also promise unto four times to persevere in the sincere worship of God, 16. Joshua renews the covenant of the LORD with the people, 25. He writes this in the book of the law of the LORD, and sets up a great stone in remembrance thereof, 26. The death, age, and burial of Joshua, 29. The burial of Joseph’s bones, 32. The death and burial of Eleazar, 33.
AND Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel 1to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves 2before God.
And Joshua said 3unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt ona the other side 4of the flood in old time, even Terah,b the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.
Andc I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multipliedd his seed, and gave him Isaac.
Ande I gave unto Isaac 5Jacob and Esau: and If gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; butg Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
Ih sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.
And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; andi the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.
And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and 6your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
Andj I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
Thenk Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and 7warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:
But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.
Andl ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the 8men of Jericho 9fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; andm I delivered them into your hand.
And In sent the 10hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, 11even theo two kings of the Amorites; but not with 12thy sword, nor with thy bow.
Andp I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, 13and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the 14vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
¶Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him 15in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which 16your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
17And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
And the people answered and said, 18God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
For the 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:
And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we 19also serve the LORD; for he is our God.
And Joshua said unto the people, 20Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an 21holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not 22forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, thenq he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
And the people said unto Joshua, 23Nay; but we will serve the LORD.
And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
Now therefore put away, said he, the 24strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
25So Joshua mader a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in 26Shechem.
¶And Joshua wrote these 27words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an 28oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.
And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; 29for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye 30deny your God.
So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.
¶And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being 31an hundred and ten years old.
And they buried him in the border of his inheritance 32in Timnath-serah,s which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders 33that overlivedt Joshua, and which had 34known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.
¶And the bones of Joseph, whichu the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they 35in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an 36hundred pieces of silver: and 37it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.