And it came to pass a longtimeafter that the LORD had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken[a] in age.
And Joshuacalled for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken in age:
And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nationsbecause of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.
Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the greatseawestward*.[b]
And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you.
Be ye therefore verycourageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
But cleave[c] unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.
For the LORD[d] hath driven out from before you greatnations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to standbefore you unto this day.
Oneman of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
Take goodheed therefore unto yourselves,[e] that ye love the LORD your God.
Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:
Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this goodland which the LORD your God hath given you.
And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not onething hath failed of all the goodthings which the LORD your Godspake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not onething hath failed thereof
Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all goodthings are come upon you, which the LORD your Godpromised you; so shall the LORDbring upon you all evilthings, until he have destroyed you from off this goodland which the LORD your God hath given you.
When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and servedothergods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perishquickly from off the goodland which he hath given unto you.