Joshua 23
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1A long time passed after the LORD made Israel secure from all their enemies, and Joshua was very old.1Many years later, after the LORD had given peace between Israel and all its surrounding enemies, and after Joshua had become very old,
2So Joshua summoned all Israel, including the elders, rulers, judges, and leaders, and told them: "I am very old.2Joshua called together all Israel, including their leaders, officials, judges, and tribal officers. He told them, "I am old now after having lived many years.
3You saw everything the LORD your God did to all these nations on your behalf, for the LORD your God fights for you.3You have seen everything that the LORD your God has done to all of these nations on your behalf, because it has been the LORD your God who has been fighting on your behalf.
4See, I have parceled out to your tribes these remaining nations, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the nations I defeated.4Now look, I have allocated these nations that remain as an inheritance for your tribes, including all of the nations that I have eliminated, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea to the west.
5The LORD your God will drive them out from before you and remove them, so you can occupy their land as the LORD your God promised you.5The LORD your God will expel them in front of you, driving them out of your sight. You will take possession of this land, just as the LORD your God promised you.
6Be very strong! Carefully obey all that is written in the law scroll of Moses so you won't swerve from it to the right or the left,6Stand very strong, then, so you can obey and carry out everything written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning neither to the right nor to the left of it.
7or associate with these nations that remain near you. You must not invoke or make solemn declarations by the names of their gods! You must not worship or bow down to them!7That way, you will not mingle with those nations that remain among you, nor mention the name of their gods, nor make oaths by them, nor serve them, nor worship them.
8But you must be loyal to the LORD your God, as you have been to this very day. 8Instead, you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done today,
9"The LORD drove out from before you great and mighty nations; no one has been able to resist you to this very day.9because the LORD has expelled great and strong nations ahead of you. Now as for you, not a single man has been able to oppose you right to this day.
10One of you makes a thousand run away, for the LORD your God fights for you as he promised you he would.10A single man makes a thousand flee, because the LORD your God is the one who is fighting for you, just as he promised you.
11Watch yourselves carefully! Love the LORD your God!11"So be very diligent to love the LORD your God,
12But if you ever turn away and make alliances with these nations that remain near you, and intermarry with them and establish friendly relations with them,12because if you ever turn back and cling to those who remain of these nations by intermarrying with them and associating one with another,
13know for certain that the LORD our God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. They will trap and ensnare you; they will be a whip that tears your sides and thorns that blind your eyes until you disappear from this good land the LORD your God gave you. 13know for certain that the LORD your God will not continue to drive out these nations ahead of you. Instead, they will be a snare and a trap for you, a whip to your backs, and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land that the LORD your God has given you.
14"Look, today I am about to die. You know with all your heart and being 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!14"Look here: today I'm going down the path that everyone on earth takes, and you know with all your hearts and souls that not a single word of all of the good things that the LORD your God spoke about you has failed to happen. Everything has been fulfilled about you—not one of them has failed.
15But in the same way every faithful promise the LORD your God made to you has been realized, it is just as certain, if you disobey, that the LORD will bring on you every judgment until he destroys you from this good land which the LORD your God gave you.15However, just as all of the good things have come about that the LORD your God promised, so also the LORD will bring upon you all of the threats until he has destroyed you from possessing this good land that he has given you.
16If you violate the covenantal laws of the LORD your God which he commanded you to keep, and follow, worship, and bow down to other gods, the LORD will be very angry with you and you will disappear quickly from the good land which he gave to you." 16When you break the covenant of the LORD your God that he commanded you to obey by going to serve other gods and worship them, then the anger of the LORD will blaze against you, and you will perish quickly from this good land that he gave you."
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Joshua 22
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