And Joshuagathered 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 beforeGod.2
And Joshuasaid unto all the people, Thus saith the LORDGod of Israel, Your fathersdwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they servedothergods.3
And I took your fatherAbraham 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 I gave unto IsaacJacob and Esau: and I gave unto EsaumountSeir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.5
I sentMoses also and Aaron, and I plaguedEgypt, according to that which I didamong them: and afterward I brought you out .
And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptianspursuedafter your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Redsea.7
And when they cried unto the LORD, he putdarkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a longseason.8
And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other sideJordan; 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.
Then Balak the son of Zippor,king of Moab,arose and warred against Israel, and sent and calledBalaam 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.11
And ye went overJordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jerichofought 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 I sent the hornetbefore you, which drave them out from before you, even the twokings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.13
And I 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 .
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathersserved on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.15
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD,choose you this daywhom ye will serve ; whether the gods which your fathersserved 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.16
And the peopleanswered and said , God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serveothergods;17
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 greatsigns in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went , and among all the peoplethrough 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 also serve the LORD; for he is our God.19
And Joshuasaid unto the people, Ye cannotserve the LORD: for he is an holyGod; he is a jealousGod; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.20
If ye forsake the LORD, and servestrangegods, then he will turn and do you hurt , and consume you, after that he hath done you good .
And the peoplesaid unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.22
And Joshuasaid unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said , We are witnesses.23
Now therefore put away , said he, the strangegods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORDGod of Israel.24
And the peoplesaid unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve , and his voice will we obey .
So Joshuamade a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.26
And Joshuawrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a greatstone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.27
And Joshuasaid unto all the people, Behold, 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 Joshua let the peopledepart , every man unto his inheritance.