24 2 Joshua rehearseth God’s benefits,  14 and exhorteth the people to fear God. 25 The league renewed between God and the people. 29 Joshua dieth. 32 The bones of Joseph are buried. 33 Eleazar dieth.

And Joshua assembled again all the [a]tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called the Elders of Israel, and their heads, and their Judges, and their officers, and they presented themselves before [b]God.

Then Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, (A)Your fathers dwelt beyond the [c]flood in old time, even Terah the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor, and served other gods.

And I took your father Abraham from beyond the flood, and brought him through all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and (B)gave him Isaac.

And I gave unto Isaac, (C)Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto (D)Esau mount Seir, to possess it: but (E)Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.

(F)I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt: and when I had so done among them, I brought you out.

So I (G)brought your fathers out of Egypt, and ye came unto the Sea, and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto (H)the red Sea.

Then they cried unto the Lord, and he put [d]a darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the Sea upon them, and covered them: so your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: also ye dwelt in the wilderness a [e]long season.

After, I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt beyond Jordan, (I)and they fought with you: but I gave them into your hand, and ye possessed their country, and I destroyed them out of your sight.

(J)Also Balak the son of Zippor king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent to Balaam the son of Beor for to curse you,

10 But I would not hear Balaam: therefore he blessed you, and I delivered you out of his hand.

11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho, and the [f]men of Jericho fought 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 (K)hornets before you, which cast them out before you, even the two kings of the Amorites, and not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.

13 And I have given you a land, wherein ye did not labor, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them, and eat of the vineyards and olive trees, which ye planted not.

14 Now therefore [g]fear the Lord, and serve him in uprightness and in truth, and put away the gods, which your fathers served beyond the flood, and in Egypt, and serve ye the Lord.

15 And [h]if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served (that were beyond the flood) or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: [i]but I and mine house will serve the Lord.

16 Then the people answered and said, God forbid, that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods.

17 For the Lord our God, he brought us and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and he did those great miracles in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the people through whom we came.

18 And the Lord did cast out before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord, [j]for he is our God.

19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God: he is a jealous God: he will not pardon your iniquity nor your sins.

20 If ye forsake the Lord and serve strange gods, (L)then he will return and bring evil upon you, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay, but we will serve the Lord.

22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses [k]against yourselves, that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him: and they said, We are witnesses.

23 Then put away now, said he, the strange [l]gods which are among you, and bow your hearts unto the Lord God of Israel.

24 And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

25 So Joshua [m]made a covenant with the people the same day, and gave them an ordinance and law in Shechem.

26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the Law of God and took a great stone, and pitched it there under an [n]oak that was in the Sanctuary of the Lord.

27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us: for it [o]hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake with us: it shall be therefore a witness against you, lest you deny your God.

28 Then Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.

29 And after these things, Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord died, being an hundred and ten years old.

30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in (M)Timnath Serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the North side of mount Gaash.

31 And Israel [p]served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the Elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the Lord that he had done for Israel.

32 And the (N)bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem in a parcel of ground, which Jacob bought of (O)the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem, for an hundred pieces of silver, and the children of Joseph had them in their inheritance.

33 Also Eleazar the son of Aaron died, whom they buried in [q]the hill of Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.

Footnotes

  1. Joshua 24:1 That is, the nine tribes and the half.
  2. Joshua 24:1 Before the Ark which was brought to Shechem, when they went to bury Joseph’s bones.
  3. Joshua 24:2 Euphrates in Mesopotamia, Gen. 11:26.
  4. Joshua 24:7 Or, a cloud.
  5. Joshua 24:7 Even forty years.
  6. Joshua 24:11 Because it was the chief city, under it he containeth all the country: else they of the city fought not.
  7. Joshua 24:14 This is the true use of God’s benefits, to learn thereby to fear and serve him with an upright conscience.
  8. Joshua 24:15 Hebrew, if it be evil in your sight.
  9. Joshua 24:15 This teacheth us that if all the world would go from God, yet every one of us particularly is bound to cleave unto him.
  10. Joshua 24:18 How much more are we bound to serve God in Christ, by whom we have received the redemption of our souls?
  11. Joshua 24:22 If you do the contrary, your own mouths shall condemn you.
  12. Joshua 24:23 Out of your hearts and otherwise.
  13. Joshua 24:25 By joining God and the people together: also he repeated the promises and threatenings out of the Law.
  14. Joshua 24:26 Or, elm.
  15. Joshua 24:27 Rather than man’s dissimulation should not be punished, the dumb creatures shall cry for vengeance.
  16. Joshua 24:31 Such are the people commonly as their rulers are.
  17. Joshua 24:33 Hebrew, Gibeath Phinehas.

The Covenant Renewed at Shechem

24 Then Joshua assembled(A) all the tribes of Israel at Shechem.(B) He summoned(C) the elders,(D) leaders, judges and officials of Israel,(E) and they presented themselves before God.

Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor,(F) lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods.(G) But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan(H) and gave him many descendants.(I) I gave him Isaac,(J) and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.(K) I assigned the hill country of Seir(L) to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt.(M)

“‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron,(N) and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out.(O) When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea,(P) and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen[a](Q) as far as the Red Sea.[b](R) But they cried(S) to the Lord for help, and he put darkness(T) between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them.(U) You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians.(V) Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.(W)

“‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites(X) 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.(Y) When Balak son of Zippor,(Z) the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor(AA) to put a curse on you.(AB) 10 But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you(AC) again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.

11 “‘Then you crossed the Jordan(AD) and came to Jericho.(AE) The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites,(AF) Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites,(AG) but I gave them into your hands.(AH) 12 I sent the hornet(AI) ahead of you, which drove them out(AJ) before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow.(AK) 13 So I gave you a land(AL) 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.’(AM)

14 “Now fear the Lord(AN) and serve him with all faithfulness.(AO) Throw away the gods(AP) your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt,(AQ) and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites,(AR) in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household,(AS) we will serve the Lord.”(AT)

16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake(AU) the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery,(AV) and performed those great signs(AW) before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the Lord drove out(AX) before us all the nations,(AY) including the Amorites, who lived in the land.(AZ) We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.(BA)

19 Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God;(BB) he is a jealous God.(BC) He will not forgive(BD) your rebellion(BE) and your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord(BF) and serve foreign gods, he will turn(BG) and bring disaster(BH) on you and make an end of you,(BI) after he has been good to you.”

21 But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.”

22 Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses(BJ) against yourselves that you have chosen(BK) to serve the Lord.”

“Yes, we are witnesses,(BL)” they replied.

23 “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods(BM) that are among you and yield your hearts(BN) to the Lord, the God of Israel.”

24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.”(BO)

25 On that day Joshua made a covenant(BP) for the people, and there at Shechem(BQ) he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws.(BR) 26 And Joshua recorded(BS) these things in the Book of the Law of God.(BT) Then he took a large stone(BU) and set it up there under the oak(BV) near the holy place of the Lord.

27 “See!” he said to all the people. “This stone(BW) will be a witness(BX) against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue(BY) to your God.”(BZ)

28 Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to their own inheritance.(CA)

Buried in the Promised Land(CB)

29 After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died(CC) at the age of a hundred and ten.(CD) 30 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Serah[c](CE) in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.(CF)

31 Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders(CG) who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.

32 And Joseph’s bones,(CH) which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt,(CI) were buried at Shechem in the tract of land(CJ) that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver[d] from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph’s descendants.

33 And Eleazar son of Aaron(CK) died and was buried at Gibeah,(CL) which had been allotted to his son Phinehas(CM) in the hill country(CN) of Ephraim.

Footnotes

  1. Joshua 24:6 Or charioteers
  2. Joshua 24:6 Or the Sea of Reeds
  3. Joshua 24:30 Also known as Timnath Heres (see Judges 2:9)
  4. Joshua 24:32 Hebrew hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value.

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