"Now fear the LORD1 and serve him with all faithfulness.2 Throw away the gods3 your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt,4 and serve the LORD.
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites,5 in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household,6 we will serve the LORD."716
Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake8 the LORD to serve other gods!
It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery,9 and performed those great signs10 before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled.
And the LORD drove out11 before us all the nations,12 including the Amorites, who lived in the land.13 We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God.14"
Joshua said to the people, "You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God;15 he is a jealous God.16 He will not forgive17 your rebellion18 and your sins.
If you forsake the LORD19 and serve foreign gods, he will turn20 and bring disaster21 on you and make an end of you,22 after he has been good to you."
But the people said to Joshua, "No! We will serve the LORD."
Then Joshua said, "You are witnesses23 against yourselves that you have chosen24 to serve the LORD." "Yes, we are witnesses,25" they replied.
"Now then," said Joshua, "throw away the foreign gods26 that are among you and yield your hearts27 to the LORD, the God of Israel."
And the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and obey him."2825
On that day Joshua made a covenant29 for the people, and there at Shechem30 he drew up for them decrees and laws.3126
And Joshua recorded32 these things in the Book of the Law of God.33 Then he took a large stone34 and set it up there under the oak35 near the holy place of the LORD.
"See!" he said to all the people. "This stone36 will be a witness37 against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue38 to your God."39
Then Joshua sent the people away, each to his own inheritance.4029
After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died41 at the age of a hundred and ten.4230
And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Seraha43 in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.4431
Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders45 who outlived him and who had experienced everything the LORD had done for Israel.