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Joshua 23

Joshua's exhortation before his death,

Joshua 23:1 And it came to passe a longe ceason after that the Lorde had geuen reste vnto Israel from all theyr enemyes rounde about, that Iosua waxed olde, and was stricken in age. Joshua 23:2 And Iosua called for all Israel, and for their elders, their heades their Iudges and officers, and sayde vnto them: I am olde and stryken in age.

by former benefits,

Joshua 23:3 And ye haue sene all that þe Lorde youre God hath done vnto all these nacions befo you, how þe Lorde youre God hath fought for you. Joshua 23:4 Beholde, I haue subdued vnto you these nacions þt remayne, to be an enheritaunce for youre tribes: euen from Iordan, and (from the lande) of all the nacions that I haue destroyed, euen vnto the great See westwarde.

by promises,

Joshua 23:5 And the Lorde youre God shall expell them before you, and cast them from out of youre sight, and ye shall conquere their lande, as the Lorde youre God hath saide vnto you. Joshua 23:6 Go to therfore as strongly as ye maye, that ye take hede and do all that is written in the boke of the lawe of Moses, that ye vowe not a syde therfrom, to the ryght hand or to the lefte: Joshua 23:7 and lest that whan ye come amonge these nacions, (euen amonge these that are left with you) ye make mencion or sweare by the names of their goddes: and that ye nether serue them, nor bowe youre selues vnto them. Joshua 23:8 But that ye sticke fast vnto þe Lorde youre God, as ye haue done vnto this daye. Joshua 23:9 So shall þe Lorde cast out before you great nacions and myghtye, as no man hath bene able to stande before you hitherto. Joshua 23:10 One man of you shall chase a thousande: for þe Lorde youre God he fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

and by threatenings.

Joshua 23:11 Take good hede therfore vnto youre selues, þt ye loue the Lorde youre God. Joshua 23:12 Els, yf ye go backe and cleaue vnto the rest of these nacions þt remayne wyth you, and shall make mariages with them, & go in vnto them, and they to you: Joshua 23:13 be ye sure, that þe Lorde youre God will nomore cast out all these nacions from before you. But they shalbe snares and trappes vnto you and scourges in youre sydes, and thornes in youre eyes, vntyll ye peryshe from of thys good lande, whych the Lorde youre God hath geuen you. Joshua 23:14 And behold, this daye, do I entre in to the waye of all the worlde, & ye knowe in all your hertes & in all youre soules, that nothyng hath fayled of all the good thynges which the Lord youre God promysed you: Joshua 23:15 But all are come to passe, & nothyng hath fayled therof. Therfore, as all good thinges are come vpon you, which the Lorde youre God promysed you, so shall þe Lorde bryng vpon you all euell, vntyll he haue destroyed you from of thys good lande, whych þe Lorde youre God hath geuen you, Joshua 23:16 when ye haue transgressed the appointment of the Lorde youre God, which he commaunded you: and haue gone and serued straunge goddes, and bowed youre selues to them. Then shall the wrath of the Lorde waxe whote vpon you, & ye shall peryshe quicklye from of the good lande, which he hath geuen you.

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