Bible: Joshua 24:14-27

24:14 Now 1  obey 2  the Lord and worship 3  him with integrity and loyalty. Put aside the gods your ancestors 4  worshiped 5  beyond the Euphrates 6  and in Egypt and worship 7  the Lord. 24:15 If you have no desire 8  to worship 9  the Lord, choose today whom you will worship, 10  whether it be the gods whom your ancestors 11  worshiped 12  beyond the Euphrates, 13  or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family 14  will worship 15  the Lord!

24:16 The people responded, “Far be it from us to abandon the Lord so we can 16  worship 17  other gods! 24:17 For the Lord our God took us and our fathers out of slavery 18  in the land of Egypt 19  and performed these awesome miracles 20  before our very eyes. He continually protected us as we traveled and when we passed through nations. 21  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 22  the Lord, for he is our God!

24:19 Joshua warned 23  the people, “You will not keep worshiping 24  the Lord, for 25  he is a holy God. 26  He is a jealous God who will not forgive 27  your rebellion or your sins. 24:20 If 28  you abandon the Lord and worship 29  foreign gods, he will turn against you; 30  he will bring disaster on you and destroy you, 31  though he once treated you well.” 32 

24:21 The people said to Joshua, “No! We really will 33  worship 34  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?” 35  They replied, “We are witnesses! 36  24:23 Joshua said, 37  “Now put aside the foreign gods that are among you and submit to 38  the Lord God of Israel.”

24:24 The people said to Joshua, “We will worship 39  the Lord our God and obey him.” 40 

24:25 That day Joshua drew up an agreement 41  for the people, and he established rules and regulations 42  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. 43  It will be a witness against you if 44  you deny your God.”

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