Joshua assembleth the tribes at Shechem.
Joshua 24:1 And Joshua gathereth all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and calleth for the elders of Israel, and for its heads, and for its judges, and for its authorities, and they station themselves before God.
A brief history of God's benefits from Terah.
Joshua 24:2 And Joshua saith unto all the people, 'Thus said Jehovah, God of Israel, Beyond the River have your fathers dwelt of oldTerah father of Abraham and father of Nachorand they serve other gods; Joshua 24:3 and I take your father Abraham from beyond the River, and cause him to go through all the land of Canaan, and multiply his seed, and give to him Isaac. Joshua 24:4 And I give to Isaac, Jacob and Esau; and I give to Esau mount Seir, to possess it; and Jacob and his sons have gone down to Egypt. Joshua 24:5 And I send Moses and Aaron, and plague Egypt, as I have done in its midst, and afterwards I have brought you out. Joshua 24:6 And I bring out your fathers from Egypt, and ye go into the sea, and the Egyptians pursue after your fathers, with chariot and with horsemen, to the Red Sea; Joshua 24:7 and they cry unto Jehovah, and He setteth thick darkness between you and the Egyptians, and bringeth on them the sea, and covereth them, and your eyes see that which I have done in Egypt; and ye dwell in a wilderness many days. Joshua 24:8 'And I bring you in unto the land of the Amorite who is dwelling beyond the Jordan, and they fight with you, and I give them into your hand, and ye possess their land, and I destroy them out of your presence. Joshua 24:9 'And Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, riseth and fighteth against Israel, and sendeth and calleth for Balaam son of Beor, to revile you, Joshua 24:10 and I have not been willing to hearken to Balaam, and he doth greatly bless you, and I deliver you out of his hand. Joshua 24:11 'And ye pass over the Jordan, and come in unto Jericho, and fight against you do the possessors of Jerichothe Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Girgashite, the Hivite, and the Jebusiteand I give them into your hand. Joshua 24:12 And I send before you the hornet, and it casteth them out from your presencetwo kings of the Amoritenot by thy sword, nor by thy bow. Joshua 24:13 'And I give to you a land for which thou hast not laboured, and cities which ye have not built, and ye dwell in them; of vineyards and olive-yards which ye have not planted ye are eating.
He reneweth the Covenant between them and God.
Joshua 24:14 'And now, fear ye Jehovah, and serve Him, in perfection and in truth, and turn aside the gods which your fathers served beyond the River, and in Egypt, and serve ye Jehovah; Joshua 24:15 and if wrong in your eyes to serve Jehovahchoose for you to-day whom ye do serve;whether the gods whom your fathers served, which [are] beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorite in whose land ye are dwelling; and I and my housewe serve Jehovah.' Joshua 24:16 And the people answer and say, 'Far be it from us to forsake Jehovah, to serve other gods; Joshua 24:17 for Jehovah our God [is] He who is bringing us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, out of a house of servants, and who hath done before our eyes these great signs, and doth keep us in all the way in which we have gone, and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed; Joshua 24:18 and Jehovah casteth out the whole of the peoples, even the Amorite inhabiting the land, from our presence; we also do serve Jehovah, for He [is] our God.' Joshua 24:19 And Joshua saith unto the people, 'Ye are not able to serve Jehovah, for a God most holy He [is]; a zealous God He [is]; He doth not bear with your transgression and with your sins. Joshua 24:20 When ye forsake Jehovah, and have served gods of a stranger, then He hath turned back and done evil to you, and consumed you, after that He hath done good to you.' Joshua 24:21 And the people saith unto Joshua, 'No, but Jehovah we do serve.' Joshua 24:22 And Joshua saith unto the people, 'Witnesses ye are against yourselves, that ye have chosen for you Jehovah to serve Him (and they say, 'Witnesses!') Joshua 24:23 and, now, turn aside the gods of the stranger which [are] in your midst, and incline your heart unto Jehovah, God of Israel.' Joshua 24:24 And the people say unto Joshua, 'Jehovah our God we serve, and to His voice we hearken.' Joshua 24:25 And Joshua maketh a covenant with the people on that day, and layeth on it a statute and an ordinance, in Shechem.
A stone the witness of the Covenant.
Joshua 24:26 And Joshua writeth these words in the Book of the Law of God, and taketh a great stone, and raiseth it up there under the oak which [is] in the sanctuary of Jehovah. Joshua 24:27 And Joshua saith unto all the people, 'Lo, this stone is against us for a witness, for it hath heard all the sayings of Jehovah which He hath spoken with us, and it hath been against you for a witness, lest ye lie against your God.' Joshua 24:28 And Joshua sendeth the people away, each to his inheritance.
Joshua's age, death, and burial.
Joshua 24:29 And it cometh to pass, after these things, that Joshua son of Nun, servant of Jehovah, dieth, a son of a hundred and ten years, Joshua 24:30 and they bury him in the border of his inheritance, in Timnath-Serah, which [is] in the hill-country of Ephraim, on the north of the hill of Gaash. Joshua 24:31 And Israel serveth Jehovah all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who prolonged days after Joshua, and who knew all the work of Jehovah which He did to Israel.
Joseph's bones are buried.
Joshua 24:32 And the bones of Joseph, which the sons of Israel brought up out of Egypt, they buried in Shechem, in the portion of the field which Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor father of Shechem, with a hundred kesitah; and they are to the sons of Joseph for an inheritance.
Joshua 24:33 And Eleazar son of Aaron died, and they bury him in the hill of Phinehas his son, which was given to him in the hill-country of Ephraim.