Matthew Bible

Joshua 23

Joshua's exhortation before his death,

Joshua 23:1 And it came to passe a long ceason after that the Lorde had geuen reste vnto Israel from all theyr enemyes rounde aboute, that Iosua waxed olde and was strycken in yeares. Joshua 23:2 Wherfore he sent for all Israell, & for theyr elders, theyr heades, theyr Iudges & offycers, and sayde vnto them: I am olde and strycken in yeares.

by former benefits,

Joshua 23:3 And ye haue sene all that the Lorde youre God hath done vnto al these nacyons before your faces: For the Lord your God he foughte for you. Joshua 23:4 Beholde I haue appoynted these nacyons that remayne, to be þe enherytaunce of youre trybes: euen from Iordan, and all the nacyons that I haue destroyed, euen vnto the great Sea.

by promises,

Joshua 23:5 And the Lorde youre God he shall expell and cast them oute before you, and ye shall conquere theyr landes, as the Lorde your God hath sayde vnto you. Joshua 23:6 Be therfore excedynge stronge that ye take hede to do all that is wrytten in the boke of the lawe of Moses, that ye bowe not asyde there from, to the ryght hande or to the lefte: Joshua 23:7 and that ye go not vnto these nacyons þt remayne wyth you: and that ye neyther make mencion or sweare by the names of theyr goddes: and that ye neyther serue them, nor bow your selues vnto them. Joshua 23:8 But that ye sticke fast vnto the Lorde youre God, as ye haue done vnto thys daye. Joshua 23:9 So shall the Lorde cast oute before you great nacyons and myghty, as ye se how no man hath stande before you hytherto. Joshua 23:10 One of you shall chase a thousande: for þe Lorde your God he fyghteth for you, as he hath sayde vnto you.

and by threatenings.

Joshua 23:11 Take good hede therfor vnto youre soules, that ye loue the Lord your God. Joshua 23:12 But and yf ye shall go backe and cleaue vnto the reste of these nacyons that remayne wyth you, and shall make maryages wyth them, and shall go to them, and they come to you: Joshua 23:13 be sure that the Lorde youre God wyll not caste out al the nacyons from before you. But they shalbe snares and trappes vnto you, and scourges for youre sydes, & prickes in youre eyes, vntyll ye peryshe from of thys good lande whiche the Lorde your God hath geuen you. Joshua 23:14 Beholde I walke thys daye, by the waye of all the worlde: call ye to mynde in all your hertes and in all your soules, that nothynge hath fayled of all the good thynges whiche þe Lord your God promysed you. All are come to passe, and nothyng hath fayled therof. Joshua 23:15 And as all good thynges are come vpon you, which the Lorde youre God promysed you: so shall the Lorde brynge vpon you all euyll vntyl he haue destroyed you from of thys good lande which the Lorde your God hath geuen you Joshua 23:16 when ye haue transgressed the appoyntment of the Lorde youre God, which he commaunded you, and haue gone and serued straunge Goddes, and bowed your selues to them. Then shal the wrath of the Lord waxe whote vpon you, and ye shall peryshe quickly, from of the good lande which he hath geuen you.

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