Bible: Joshua 24:1-27

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.’

24:14 Now 27  obey 28  the Lord and worship 29  him with integrity and loyalty. Put aside the gods your ancestors 30  worshiped 31  beyond the Euphrates 32  and in Egypt and worship 33  the Lord. 24:15 If you have no desire 34  to worship 35  the Lord, choose today whom you will worship, 36  whether it be the gods whom your ancestors 37  worshiped 38  beyond the Euphrates, 39  or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family 40  will worship 41  the Lord!

24:16 The people responded, “Far be it from us to abandon the Lord so we can 42  worship 43  other gods! 24:17 For the Lord our God took us and our fathers out of slavery 44  in the land of Egypt 45  and performed these awesome miracles 46  before our very eyes. He continually protected us as we traveled and when we passed through nations. 47  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 48  the Lord, for he is our God!

24:19 Joshua warned 49  the people, “You will not keep worshiping 50  the Lord, for 51  he is a holy God. 52  He is a jealous God who will not forgive 53  your rebellion or your sins. 24:20 If 54  you abandon the Lord and worship 55  foreign gods, he will turn against you; 56  he will bring disaster on you and destroy you, 57  though he once treated you well.” 58 

24:21 The people said to Joshua, “No! We really will 59  worship 60  the Lord! 24:22 Joshua said to the people, “Do you agree to be witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to worship the Lord?” 61  They replied, “We are witnesses! 62  24:23 Joshua said, 63  “Now put aside the foreign gods that are among you and submit to 64  the Lord God of Israel.”

24:24 The people said to Joshua, “We will worship 65  the Lord our God and obey him.” 66 

24:25 That day Joshua drew up an agreement 67  for the people, and he established rules and regulations 68  for them in Shechem. 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. 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. 69  It will be a witness against you if 70  you deny your God.”

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