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Joshua 24
The Message

The Covenant at Shechem

24Joshua called together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He called in the elders, chiefs, judges, and officers. They presented themselves before God.H3091H622H7626H3478H7927H7121H2205H3478H7218H8199H7860H3320H6440H430 2Then Joshua addressed all the people: "This is what GOD, the God of Israel, says: A long time ago your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived to the east of the River Euphrates. They worshiped other gods.H3091H559H5971H559H3068H430H3478H1H3427H5676H5104H5769H8646H1H85H1H5152H5647H312H430 3I took your ancestor Abraham from the far side of The River. I led him all over the land of Canaan and multiplied his descendants. I gave him Isaac.H3947H1H85H5676H5104H3212H776H3667H7235H2233H5414H3327 4Then I gave Isaac Jacob and Esau. I let Esau have the mountains of Seir as home, but Jacob and his sons ended up in Egypt.H5414H3327H3290H6215H5414H6215H2022H8165H3423H3290H1121H3381H4714 5I sent Moses and Aaron. I hit Egypt hard with plagues and then led you out of there.H7971H4872H175H5062H4714H834H6213H7130H310H3318 6I brought your ancestors out of Egypt. You came to the sea, the Egyptians in hot pursuit with chariots and cavalry, to the very edge of the Red Sea!H3318H1H4714H935H3220H4714H7291H310H1H7393H6571H5488H3220 7"Then they cried out for help to GOD. He put a cloud between you and the Egyptians and then let the sea loose on them. It drowned them. "You watched the whole thing with your own eyes, what I did to Egypt. And then you lived in the wilderness for a long time.H6817H3068H7760H3990H4713H935H3220H3680H5869H7200H6213H4714H3427H4057H7227H3117 8I brought you to the country of the Amorites, who lived east of the Jordan, and they fought you. But I fought for you and you took their land. I destroyed them for you.H935H776H567H3427H5676H3383H3898H5414H3027H3423H776H8045H6440 9Then Balak son of Zippor made his appearance. He was the king of Moab. He got ready to fight Israel by sending for Balaam son of Beor to come and curse you.H1111H1121H6834H4428H4124H6965H3898H3478H7971H7121H1109H1121H1160H7043 10But I wouldn't listen to Balaam—he ended up blessing you over and over! I saved you from him.H14H8085H1109H1288H1288H5337H3027 11"You then crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The Jericho leaders ganged up on you as well as the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites, but I turned them over to you.H5674H3383H935H3405H1167H3405H3898H567H6522H3669H2850H1622H2340H2983H5414H3027 12"I sent the Hornet ahead of you. It drove out the two Amorite kings—did your work for you. You didn't have to do a thing, not so much as raise a finger.H7971H6880H6440H1644H6440H8147H4428H567H2719H7198 13"I handed you a land for which you did not work, towns you did not build. And here you are now living in them and eating from vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.H5414H776H3021H5892H1129H3427H3754H2132H5193H398 14"So now: Fear GOD. Worship him in total commitment. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped on the far side of The River (the Euphrates) and in Egypt. You, worship GOD.H3372H3068H5647H8549H571H5493H430H1H5647H5676H5104H4714H5647H3068 15"If you decide that it's a bad thing to worship GOD, then choose a god you'd rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you're now living. As for me and my family, we'll worship GOD."H7489H4310H5647H3068H977H3117H5869H5647H430H1H5647H5676H5104H430H567H776H3427H1004H5647H3068 16The people answered, "We'd never forsake GOD! Never! We'd never leave GOD to worship other gods.H5971H6030H559H2486H5800H3068H5647H312H430 17"GOD is our God! He brought up our ancestors from Egypt and from slave conditions. He did all those great signs while we watched. He has kept his eye on us all along the roads we've traveled and among the nations we've passed through.H3068H430H5927H1H776H4714H1004H5650H6213H1419H226H5869H8104H1870H1980H5971H7130H5674 18Just for us he drove out all the nations, Amorites and all, who lived in the land. "Count us in: We too are going to worship GOD. He's our God."H3068H1644H6440H5971H567H3427H776H5647H3068H430 19Then Joshua told the people: "You can't do it; you're not able to worship GOD. He is a holy God. He is a jealous God. He won't put up with your fooling around and sinning.H3091H559H5971H3201H5647H3068H6918H430H7072H410H5375H6588H2403 20When you leave GOD and take up the worship of foreign gods, he'll turn right around and come down on you hard. He'll put an end to you—and after all the good he has done for you!"H5800H3068H5647H5236H430H7725H7489H3615H310H3190 21But the people told Joshua: "No! No! We worship GOD!"H5971H559H3091H5647H3068 22And so Joshua addressed the people: "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen GOD for yourselves—to worship him." And they said, "We are witnesses."H3091H559H5971H5707H977H3068H5647H559H5707 23Joshua said, "Now get rid of all the foreign gods you have with you. Say an unqualified Yes to GOD, the God of Israel."H5493H5236H430H7130H5186H3824H3068H430H3478 24The people answered Joshua, "We will worship GOD. What he says, we'll do."H5971H559H3091H3068H430H5647H6963H8085 25Joshua completed a Covenant for the people that day there at Shechem. He made it official, spelling it out in detail.H3091H3772H1285H5971H3117H7760H2706H4941H7927 26Joshua wrote out all the directions and regulations into the Book of The Revelation of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up under the oak that was in the holy place of GOD.H3091H3789H1697H5612H8451H430H3947H1419H68H6965H427H4720H3068 27Joshua spoke to all the people: "This stone is a witness against us. It has heard every word that GOD has said to us. It is a standing witness against you lest you cheat on your God."H3091H559H5971H68H5713H8085H561H3068H1696H5713H3584H430 28Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his own place of inheritance.H3091H5971H7971H376H5159 29After all this, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of GOD, died. He was 110 years old.H310H1697H3091H1121H5126H5650H3068H4191H3967H6235H8141H1121 30They buried him in the land of his inheritance at Timnath Serah in the mountains of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.H6912H1366H5159H8556H2022H669H6828H2022H1608 31Israel served GOD through the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him, who had themselves experienced all that GOD had done for Israel.H3478H5647H3068H3117H3091H3117H2205H748H3117H310H3091H3045H4639H3068H6213H3478 32Joseph's bones, which the People of Israel had brought from Egypt, they buried in Shechem in the plot of ground that Jacob had purchased from the sons of Hamor (who was the father of Shechem). He paid a hundred silver coins for it. It belongs to the inheritance of the family of Joseph.H6106H3130H1121H3478H5927H4714H6912H7927H2513H7704H3290H7069H1121H2544H1H7927H3967H7192H5159H1121H3130 33Eleazar son of Aaron died. They buried him at Gibeah, which had been allotted to his son Phinehas in the mountains of Ephraim.H499H1121H175H4191H6912H1389H6372H1121H5414H2022H669


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