“Look, today I am about to die. 1 You know with all your heart and being 2 that not even one of all the faithful promises the Lord your God made to you is left unfulfilled; every one was realized – not one promise is unfulfilled! 3
But in the same way every faithful promise the Lord your God made to you has been realized, 1 it is just as certain, if you disobey, that the Lord will bring on you every judgment 2 until he destroys you from this good land which the Lord your God gave you.
If you violate the covenantal laws of the Lord your God which he commanded you to keep, 1 and follow, worship, and bow down to other gods, 2 the Lord will be very angry with you and you will disappear 3 quickly from the good land which he gave to you.”
Joshua told all the people, “Here is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘In the distant past your ancestors 1 lived beyond the Euphrates River, 2 including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor. They worshiped 3 other gods,
I sent terror 1 ahead of you to drive out before you the two 2 Amorite kings. I gave you the victory; it was not by your swords or bows. 3
I gave you a land in 1 which you had not worked hard; you took up residence in cities you did not build and you are eating the produce of 2 vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.’
Now 1 obey 2 the Lord and worship 3 him with integrity and loyalty. Put aside the gods your ancestors 4 worshiped 5 beyond the Euphrates 6 and in Egypt and worship 7 the Lord.
If you have no desire 1 to worship 2 the Lord, choose today whom you will worship, 3 whether it be the gods whom your ancestors 4 worshiped 5 beyond the Euphrates, 6 or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. But I and my family 7 will worship 8 the Lord!”
The people responded, “Far be it from us to abandon the Lord so we can 1 worship 2 other gods!
The Lord drove out from before us all the nations, including the Amorites who lived in the land. So we too will worship 1 the Lord, for he is our God!”
Joshua warned 1 the people, “You will not keep worshiping 2 the Lord, for 3 he is a holy God. 4 He is a jealous God who will not forgive 5 your rebellion or your sins.
If 1 you abandon the Lord and worship 2 foreign gods, he will turn against you; 3 he will bring disaster on you and destroy you, 4 though he once treated you well.” 5
The people said to Joshua, “No! We really will 1 worship 2 the Lord!”
Joshua said to the people, “Do you agree to be witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to worship the Lord?” 1 They replied, “We are witnesses!” 2
The people said to Joshua, “We will worship 1 the Lord our God and obey him.” 2
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.
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. 1 It will be a witness against you if 2 you deny your God.”
Israel worshiped 1 the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and as long as the elderly men who outlived him remained alive. 2 These men had experienced firsthand everything the Lord had done for Israel. 3
Whenever Israel was strong militarily, they forced the Canaanites to do hard labor, but they never totally conquered them.
The men of Zebulun did not conquer the people living in Kitron and Nahalol. 1 The Canaanites lived among them and were forced to do hard labor.