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Joshua 24 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Joshua Reviews Israel's History

(cf. Exo 24:9–18 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:1 - Joshua assembled all the Israelite tribes at Shechem. He summoned Israel's elders, rulers, judges, and leaders, and they appeared before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:2 - Joshua told all the people, "Here is what the LORD God of Israel says: 'In the distant past your ancestors lived beyond the Euphrates River, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor. They worshiped other gods,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:3 - but I took your father Abraham from beyond the Euphrates and brought him into the entire land of Canaan. I made his descendants numerous; I gave him Isaac,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:4 - and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I assigned Mount Seir, while Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:5 - I sent Moses and Aaron, and I struck Egypt down when I intervened in their land. Then I brought you out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:6 - When I brought your fathers out of Egypt, you arrived at the sea. The Egyptians chased your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:7 - Your fathers cried out for help to the LORD; he made the area between you and the Egyptians dark, and then drowned them in the sea. You witnessed with your very own eyes what I did in Egypt. You lived in the wilderness for a long time.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:8 - Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought with you, but I handed them over to you; you conquered their land and I destroyed them from before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:9 - Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, launched an attack against Israel. He summoned Balaam son of Beor to call down judgment on you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:10 - I refused to respond to Balaam; he kept prophesying good things about you, and I rescued you from his power.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:11 - You crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The leaders of Jericho, as well as the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites, fought with you, but I handed them over to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:12 - I sent terror ahead of you to drive out before you the two Amorite kings. I gave you the victory; it was not by your swords or bows.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:13 - I gave you a land in which you had not worked hard; you took up residence in cities you did not build and you are eating the produce of vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.'

"We Will Serve the LORD"

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:14 - Now obey the LORD and worship him with integrity and loyalty. Put aside the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates and in Egypt and worship the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:15 - If you have no desire to worship the LORD, choose today whom you will worship, whether it be the gods whom your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family will worship the LORD!"
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:16 - The people responded, "Far be it from us to abandon the LORD so we can worship other gods!
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:17 - For the LORD our God took us and our fathers out of slavery in the land of Egypt and performed these awesome miracles before our very eyes. He continually protected us as we traveled and when we passed through nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:18 - The LORD drove out from before us all the nations, including the Amorites who lived in the land. So we too will worship the LORD, for he is our God!"
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:19 - Joshua warned the people, "You will not keep worshiping the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God who will not forgive your rebellion or your sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:20 - If you abandon the LORD and worship foreign gods, he will turn against you; he will bring disaster on you and destroy you, though he once treated you well."
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:21 - The people said to Joshua, "No! We really will worship the LORD!"
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:22 - Joshua said to the people, "Do you agree to be witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to worship the LORD?" They replied, "We are witnesses!"
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:23 - Joshua said, "Now put aside the foreign gods that are among you and submit to the LORD God of Israel."
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:24 - The people said to Joshua, "We will worship the LORD our God and obey him."
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:25 - That day Joshua drew up an agreement for the people, and he established rules and regulations for them in Shechem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:26 - Joshua wrote these words in the Law Scroll of God. He then took a large stone and set it up there under the oak tree near the LORD's shrine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:27 - Joshua said to all the people, "Look, this stone will be a witness against you, for it has heard everything the LORD said to us. It will be a witness against you if you deny your God."
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:28 - When Joshua dismissed the people, they went to their allotted portions of land.

Joshua's Death and Burial

Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:29 - After all this Joshua son of Nun, the LORD's servant, died at the age of one hundred ten.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:30 - They buried him in his allotted territory in Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:31 - Israel worshiped the LORD throughout Joshua's lifetime and as long as the elderly men who outlived him remained alive. These men had experienced firsthand everything the LORD had done for Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:32 - The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the part of the field that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for one hundred pieces of money. So it became the inheritance of the tribe of Joseph.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:33 - Eleazar son of Aaron died, and they buried him in Gibeah in the hill country of Ephraim, where his son Phinehas had been assigned land.

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