And it came to pass a long time after that the Lord had given rest
unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old
and stricken in age.
2And 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:
3And 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 hath fought
4Behold, 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 westward.
Lord your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out
of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the Lord your God hath
promised unto you.
6Be ye therefore very courageous 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;
7That ye come
not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of
the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve
them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
8But cleave unto the Lord your God,
as ye have done unto this day.
9For 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.
10One man of you shall chase a
thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as
he hath promised you.
11Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye
love the Lord your God.
12Else 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:
13Know 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.
14And, 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 come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
15Therefore 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 have destroyed you from off this good land
which the Lord your God hath given you.
16When 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.