Joshua 24:1-14 NIV

The Covenant Renewed at Shechem

1 Then Joshua assembled1 all the tribes of Israel at Shechem.2 He summoned3 the elders,4 leaders, judges and officials of Israel,5 and they presented themselves before God.

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2 Joshua said to all the people, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Long ago your forefathers, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor,6 lived beyond the Rivera and worshiped other gods.7

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    • a 24:2 - That is, the Euphrates; also in verses 3, 14 and 15
      3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the River and led him throughout Canaan8 and gave him many descendants.9 I gave him Isaac,10

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      4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.11 I assigned the hill country of Seir12 to Esau, but Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt.13

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      5 " 'Then I sent Moses and Aaron,14 and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out.15

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      6 When I brought your fathers out of Egypt, you came to the sea,16 and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemenb17 as far as the Red Sea.c18

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        • b 24:6 - Or "charioteers"
        • c 24:6 - Hebrew "Yam Suph"; that is, Sea of Reeds
          7 But they cried19 to the LORD for help, and he put darkness20 between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them.21 You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians.22 Then you lived in the desert for a long time.23

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          8 " 'I brought you to the land of the Amorites24 who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land.25

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          9 When Balak son of Zippor,26 the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor27 to put a curse on you.28

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          10 But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you29 again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.

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          11 " 'Then you crossed the Jordan30 and came to Jericho.31 The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites,32 Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites,33 but I gave them into your hands.34

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          12 I sent the hornet35 ahead of you, which drove them out36 before you--also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow.37

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          13 So I gave you a land38 on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.'39

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          14 "Now fear the LORD 40 and serve him with all faithfulness.41 Throw away the gods42 your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt,43 and serve the LORD.