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LORD had given Rest unto Israel from all their Enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken

in Age.

2 And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their Elders, and for their Heads, and for their Judges, and for their Officers, and said unto them, I am old, and stricken in Age.

3 And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these Nations, because of you ; for the LORD your God is he that fought for you :

4 Behold, I have divided unto you by Lot these Nations that remain, to be an Inheritance for your Tribes from Jordan, with all the Nations that I have cut off, even unto the great Sea West-ward.

5 And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before vou, and drive them from out of your fight, and ye shall posless their Land, as the LORD your God hath promised

unto you.

6 Be ye therefore very couragious to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom, to the Right Hand or to the Left,

7 That ye come not among these Nations, there that remain amongst you, neither make mention of the Name of their Gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:

8 But CLEAVE unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this Day.

9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you, great Nations and strong : but as for you, no Man hath been able to stand before you unto this Day.

10 * One Man of you shall chase a thousand : for the LORD your God, he it is that FIGHTETH for you, as he hath promised you.

u Take good heed therefore unto yoạrselves, that ye Love the LORD your God.

12 Elfe if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the Remnant of these Nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make Marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

This was fulfilled in the time of Nbe Jadges.

13 Know 13 Know for a certainty, that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these Nations from before you; but they shall be Snares and Traps unto you, and Scourges in your Sides, and Thorns in your Eyes, until ye perish from off this good Land which the LORD your God hath given you.

14 And behold, this Day I am going the Way of ALL the EARTH, and ye know in all your Hearts, and in all your Souls, that not one Thing hath FAILED of all the good Things which the LORD your God spake concerning you ; All are ČOME TO PASS unto you, and not one Thing hath failed thereof.

15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good Things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you : so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil Things, until he hath destroyed you from off this good Land, which the LORD your God hath given you.

16 When ye have transgressed the Covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other Gods, and bowed yourselves to them : then shall the Anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good Land which he hath given unto you.


Joshua asembleth the Tribes, 2 relateth God's Benefits : 14 He reneweth a Covenant between them and God. 29 Joshua's Age, Death, and Burial. 33 Eleazar's Death.

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ND Joshua gathered all the Tribes of Israel to for their Heads, and for their Judges, and for their Officers, and they presented themselves before God.

2 And Joshua said unto all the People, Thus faith the LORD God of Israel, Your Fathers dwelt on the other side of the Flood in Old time, even Terah the Father of Abraham, and the Father of Nachor : and they served other Gods.

3 And I took your Father Abraham from the other fide of the Flood, and led him throughout all the Land of Canaan, and multiplied his Seed, and gave him Isaac.

4 And I gave unto Isaac, Jacob and Elau: and I gave unto Efau Mount Seir, to poffefs it; but Jacob and his Children went down into Egypt.

5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did amongst them; and afterward I brought you out.

6. And I brought your Fathers out of Egypt : and you came unto the Sea, and the Egyptians pursued after your Fathers with Chariots and Horsemen unto the Red Sea.

7 And when they cried unto the Lorn, he put Darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the Sea upon them, and covered them; and your Eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt : and ye dwelt in the Wilderness a long Season.

8 And I brought you into the Land of the Amorites which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you : and I gave them into your Hand, that ye might possess their Land, and I destroyed them from before you.

9 Then Balak the Son of Zippor King of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and fent and called Balaam the Son of Beor to curse you :

10 But I would not hearken unto Balaam, therefore he blefled you still : so I delivered you out of his Hand.

11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho : and the Men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I delivered them into your Hand.

12 And I sent the Hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two Kings of the Amorites : but not with thy Sword, nor with thy Bow.

13 And I have given you a Land for which ye did not labour, and Cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them : of the Vineyards, and Olive-yards which ye planted not, do ye eat.

14 Now therefore, FEAR the LORD, and SERVE HIM in SINCERITY and in TRUTH, and put away the Gods which your Fathers served on the other fide of the Flood, and in Egypt : and serve ye the LORD.

15 · And if it seem Evil Pfal, cxix. 106. I have sworn and unto you to serve the LORD, I will perform it, that I will keep thy chuse you this Day whom RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENTS. you will serve, whether the Gods which your Fathers served,




that were on the other side of the Flood, or the Gods of the Amorites, in whose Land ye dwell : but as for me and MY House, we will serve the Lord.

16 And the People answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other Gods.

17 For the LORD our God he it is that brought us up, and our Fathers out of the Land of Egypt, from the House of Bondage, and which did those great Signs in our fight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the People through whom we paffed.

18 And the LORD drove out from before us all the People, even the Amorites which dwelt in the Land : therefore will we also serve the LORD, for he is our God. 19 6 And Joshua faid unto

1 Pet. i. 16 As it is written, Be the People, Ye cannot serve ye HOLY, for I AM HOLY.

Heb. xii. 14. Without HOLINESS DO the Lord; for he is an ho

Man shall see the LORD. Ly God: he is a JEALOUS GOD, he will not forgive your Transgressions, nor your Sins.

20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange Gods, then he will turn and do you Hurt, and consume you after that he hath done you Good.

21 And the People said unto Joshua, Nay, but we will serve the LORD.

22 And Joshua said unto the People, Ye are Witnefles against yourselves, that you have chosen you the LORD to serve him. And they said, We are Witnefles.

23 Now therefore put away (faid he) the strange Gods which are among you, and incline your Heart unto the LORD God of Ifracl.

24 And the People faid unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his Voice will we obey.

25 So Joshua made a Covenant with the People that Day, and let them a Statute and an Ordinance in Shechem.

26 And Joshua wrote these Words in the Book of the Law of God, and took a great Stone, and set it up there under an Oak, that was by the Sanctuary of the LORD.

27 And Joshua said unto all the People, Behold, This Stone shall be a Witness unto us; for it hath heard all the Words of the LORD which he spake unto us : it shall be therefore a Witness unto you, left ye deny your God.

28 So Joshua let the People depart, every Man unto his Inheritance.

29 And it came to pass after these Things, that Joshua the Son of Nun, the Servant of the LORD died, being an hundred and ten Years old.

30 And they buried him in the Border of his Inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in Mount Ephraim, on the North-fide of the Hill of Gaash.

31 And Israel served the Lord all the Days of Joshua, and all the Days of the Elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the Works of the LORD that he had done for Israel.

32 And the Bones of Joseph, which the Children of Ifrael brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of Ground which Jacob bought of the Sons of Hamor the Father of Shechem, for an hundred Pieces of Silver; and it became the Inheritance of the Children of Joseph,

33 And Eleazar the Son of Aaron died, and they buried him in a Hill that pertained to Phinehas his Son, which was given him in Mount Ephraim,

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