Joshua 24:1-28 (New American Standard)

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Joshua Reviews Israel's History

1 Then 1Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel and for their heads and their judges and their officers; and they presented themselves before God. 2 Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the aRiver, namely, 2Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods. 3 'Then 3I took your father Abraham from beyond the bRiver, and led him through all the land of Canaan, and 4multiplied his cdescendants and gave him 5Isaac. 4 'To Isaac I gave 6Jacob and Esau, and 7to Esau I gave Mount Seir to possess it; but 8Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt. 5 'Then 9I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt dby what I did in its midst; and afterward I brought you out. 6 'I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and 10you came to the sea; and Egypt pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the eRed Sea. 7 'But when they cried out to the LORD, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them and covered them; and your own eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And 11you lived in the wilderness for a long time. 8 'Then 12I brought you into the land of the Amorites who lived beyond the Jordan, and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land when I destroyed them before you. 9 'Then 13Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel, and he sent and summoned Balaam the son of Beor to curse you. 10 'But I 14was not willing to listen to Balaam. So he had to bless you, and I delivered you from his hand. 11 '15You crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho; and the citizens of Jericho fought against you, and 16the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Girgashite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. Thus 17I gave them into your hand. 12 'Then I 18sent the hornet before you and it fdrove out the two kings of the Amorites from before you, but 19not by your sword or your bow. 13 '20I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and cities which you had not built, and you have lived in them; you are eating of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.'

``We Will Serve the LORD"

14 "Now, therefore, g21fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and htruth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the iRiver and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or 22the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." 16 The people answered and said, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; 17 for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of jbondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed. 18 "The LORD drove out from before us all the peoples, even the Amorites who lived in the land. We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God." 19 Then Joshua said to the people, "You will not be able to serve the LORD, 23for He is a holy God. He is 24a jealous God; 25He will not forgive your transgression or your sins. 20 "26If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you." 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 27you have chosen for yourselves the LORD, to serve Him." And they said, "We are witnesses." 23 "Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and 28incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel." 24 29The people said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and we will kobey His voice." 25 30So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26 And Joshua 31wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large 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, 32this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke lto us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God." 28 Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his inheritance.
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