King James VersionJoshua24


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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: 10 But I would not hear­ken unto Bal­aam; there­fore he blessed you still: so I de­liv­ered you out of his hand. 11 And ye 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. 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. 13 And I have giv­en you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vine­yards and olive­yards which ye plant­ed not do ye eat. 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. 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. 16 And the peo­ple an­swered and said, God for­bid that we should for­sake the LORD, to serve oth­er gods; 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: 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. 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. 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. 21 And the peo­ple said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. 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. 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 And the peo­ple said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the peo­ple that day, and set them a statute and an or­di­nance in Shechem. 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. 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. 28 So Joshua let the peo­ple de­part, ev­ery man unto his in­her­i­tance. 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. 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. 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 for Is­rael. 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. 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.