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Joshua 24 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The LORD’s Covenant Renewed
(cf. Exo 24:9–18 )
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:1 - Then Joshua summoned all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, including their elders, leaders, judges, and officers. So they came and presented themselves to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:2 - Joshua said to the people, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Long ago your ancestors, including Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River,[fn] and they worshiped other gods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:3 - But I took your ancestor Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him into the land of Canaan. I gave him many descendants through his son Isaac.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:4 - To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the mountains of Seir, while Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:5 - “Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I brought terrible plagues on Egypt; and afterward I brought you out as a free people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:6 - But when your ancestors arrived at the Red Sea,[fn] the Egyptians chased after you with chariots and charioteers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:7 - When your ancestors cried out to the LORD, I put darkness between you and the Egyptians. I brought the sea crashing down on the Egyptians, drowning them. With your very own eyes you saw what I did. Then you lived in the wilderness for many years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:8 - “Finally, I brought you into the land of the Amorites on the east side of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I destroyed them before you. I gave you victory over them, and you took possession of their land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:9 - Then Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, started a war against Israel. He summoned Balaam son of Beor to curse you,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:10 - but I would not listen to him. Instead, I made Balaam bless you, and so I rescued you from Balak.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:11 - “When you crossed the Jordan River and came to Jericho, the men of Jericho fought against you, as did the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I gave you victory over them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:12 - And I sent terror[fn] ahead of you to drive out the two kings of the Amorites. It was not your swords or bows that brought you victory.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:13 - I gave you land you had not worked on, and I gave you towns you did not build—the towns where you are now living. I gave you vineyards and olive groves for food, though you did not plant them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:14 - “So fear the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD alone.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:15 - But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:16 - The people replied, “We would never abandon the LORD and serve other gods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:17 - For the LORD our God is the one who rescued us and our ancestors from slavery in the land of Egypt. He performed mighty miracles before our very eyes. As we traveled through the wilderness among our enemies, he preserved us.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:18 - It was the LORD who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. So we, too, will serve the LORD, for he alone is our God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:19 - Then Joshua warned the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy and jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:20 - If you abandon the LORD and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:21 - But the people answered Joshua, “No, we will serve the LORD!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:22 - “You are a witness to your own decision,” Joshua said. “You have chosen to serve the LORD.”
“Yes,” they replied, “we are witnesses to what we have said.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:23 - “All right then,” Joshua said, “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:24 - The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God. We will obey him alone.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:25 - So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day at Shechem, committing them to follow the decrees and regulations of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:26 - Joshua recorded these things in the Book of God’s Instructions. As a reminder of their agreement, he took a huge stone and rolled it beneath the terebinth tree beside the Tabernacle of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:27 - Joshua said to all the people, “This stone has heard everything the LORD said to us. It will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:28 - Then Joshua sent all the people away to their own homelands.
Leaders Buried in the Promised Land
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:29 - After this, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of 110.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:30 - They buried him in the land he had been allocated, at Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:31 - The people of Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him—those who had personally experienced all that the LORD had done for Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:32 - The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought along with them when they left Egypt, were buried at Shechem, in the parcel of ground Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor for 100 pieces of silver.[fn] This land was located in the territory allotted to the descendants of Joseph.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 24:33 - Eleazar son of Aaron also died. He was buried in the hill country of Ephraim, in the town of Gibeah, which had been given to his son Phinehas.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew the river; also in 24:3, 14, 15.
Hebrew sea of reeds.
Often rendered the hornet. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
Hebrew 100 kesitahs; the value or weight of the kesitah is no longer known.

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