Bible: Joshua 24:1-13

Israel Renews its Commitment to the Lord

24:1 Joshua assembled all the Israelite tribes at Shechem. He summoned Israel’s elders, rulers, judges, and leaders, and they appeared before God. 24:2 Joshua told all the people, “Here is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘In the distant past your ancestors 1  lived beyond the Euphrates River, 2  including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor. They worshiped 3  other gods, 24:3 but I took your father Abraham from beyond the Euphrates 4  and brought him into 5  the entire land of Canaan. I made his descendants numerous; I gave him Isaac, 24:4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I assigned Mount Seir, 6  while Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt. 24:5 I sent Moses and Aaron, and I struck Egypt down when I intervened in their land. 7  Then I brought you out. 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. 24:7 Your fathers 8  cried out for help to the Lord; he made the area between you and the Egyptians dark, 9  and then drowned them in the sea. 10  You witnessed with your very own eyes 11  what I did in Egypt. You lived in the wilderness for a long time. 12  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 13  their land and I destroyed them from before you. 24:9 Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, launched an attack 14  against Israel. He summoned 15  Balaam son of Beor to call down judgment 16  on you. 24:10 I refused to respond to Balaam; he kept 17  prophesying good things about 18  you, and I rescued you from his power. 19  24:11 You crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. 20  The leaders 21  of Jericho, as well as the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites, fought with you, but I handed them over to you. 24:12 I sent terror 22  ahead of you to drive out before you the two 23  Amorite kings. I gave you the victory; it was not by your swords or bows. 24  24:13 I gave you a land in 25  which you had not worked hard; you took up residence in cities you did not build and you are eating the produce of 26  vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.’

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