Covenant Renewed at Shechem
24:1 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to
Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their
heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and
they presented themselves before God.
24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the
LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of
the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham,
and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.
24:3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of
the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan,
and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.
24:4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto
Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children
went down into Egypt.
24:5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt,
according to that which I did among them: and afterward I
brought you out.
24:6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came
unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers
with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.
24:7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness
between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon
them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have
done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
24:8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which
dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you:
and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their
land; and I destroyed them from before you.
24:9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and
warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of
Beor to curse you:
24:10 But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he
blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.
24:11 And you went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and
the 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.
24:12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them
out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but
not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.
24:13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not
labor, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them;
of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye
24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in
sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your
fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt;
and serve ye the LORD.
24:15 And 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 on the other side of the
flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
24:16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we
should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
24:17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and
our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of
bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and
preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all
the people through whom we passed:
24:18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people,
even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we
also serve the LORD; for he is our God.
24:19 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 forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
24:20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then
he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he
hath done you good.
24:21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will
serve the LORD.
24:22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses
against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to
serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
24:23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods
which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD
God of Israel.
24:24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God
will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
24:25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day,
and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
24:26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law
of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an
oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.
24:27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this
stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the
words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be
therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.
24:28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his
Buried in the Promised
24:29 And it came to pass after these things, that
Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being
an hundred and ten years old.
24:30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance
in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north
side of the hill of Gaash.
24:31 And Israel 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
24:32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel
brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel
of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father
of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became
the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
24:33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried
him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was
given him in mount Ephraim.