Bible: Joshua 24:16-28

24:16 The people responded, “Far be it from us to abandon the Lord so we can 1  worship 2  other gods! 24:17 For the Lord our God took us and our fathers out of slavery 3  in the land of Egypt 4  and performed these awesome miracles 5  before our very eyes. He continually protected us as we traveled and when we passed through nations. 6  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 7  the Lord, for he is our God!

24:19 Joshua warned 8  the people, “You will not keep worshiping 9  the Lord, for 10  he is a holy God. 11  He is a jealous God who will not forgive 12  your rebellion or your sins. 24:20 If 13  you abandon the Lord and worship 14  foreign gods, he will turn against you; 15  he will bring disaster on you and destroy you, 16  though he once treated you well.” 17 

24:21 The people said to Joshua, “No! We really will 18  worship 19  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?” 20  They replied, “We are witnesses! 21  24:23 Joshua said, 22  “Now put aside the foreign gods that are among you and submit to 23  the Lord God of Israel.”

24:24 The people said to Joshua, “We will worship 24  the Lord our God and obey him.” 25 

24:25 That day Joshua drew up an agreement 26  for the people, and he established rules and regulations 27  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. 28  It will be a witness against you if 29  you deny your God.” 24:28 When Joshua dismissed the people, they went to their allotted portions of land. 30 

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