Jos 24:1
24:1 And Joshua gathered all the {a} tribes of Israel to
     Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their
     heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and
     they presented themselves before {b} God.

     (a) That is, the nine tribes and the half.
     (b) Before the ark which was brought to Shechem, when they
         went to bury Joseph's bones.

Jos 24:2
24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD
     God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the
     {c} flood in old time, [even] Terah, the father of Abraham,
     and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

     (c) Euphrates in Mesopotamia, Ge 11:26.

Jos 24:7
24:7 And when they cried unto the LORD, 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 {d} long season.

     (d) Even forty years.

Jos 24:11
24:11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the
      {e} 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.

      (e) Because it was the chief city, under it he contains
          all the country: else they of the city fought not.

Jos 24:14
24:14 Now therefore {f} fear the LORD, and serve him in
      sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your
      fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in
      Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

      (f) This is the true use of God's benefits, to learn by it
          to fear and serve him with an upright conscience.

Jos 24:15
24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you
      this day whom ye 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: {g}
      but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

      (g) This teaches us that if all the world would go from
          God, yet every one of us particularly is bound to
          cleave to him.

Jos 24:18
24:18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even
      the Amorites which dwelt in the land: [therefore] will we
      also serve the LORD; {h} for he [is] our God.

      (h) How much more are we bound to serve God in Christ, by
          whom we have received the redemption of our souls.

Jos 24:22
24:22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye [are] witnesses {i}
      against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to
      serve him. And they said, [We are] witnesses.

      (i) If you do the contrary, your own mouths will condemn

Jos 24:23
24:23 Now therefore put away, [said he], the strange {k} gods
      which [are] among you, and incline your heart unto the
      LORD God of Israel.

      (k) Out of your hearts and otherwise.

Jos 24:25
24:25 So Joshua {l} made a covenant with the people that day,
      and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

      (l) By joining God and the people together: also he
          repeated the promises and threatenings out of the Law.

Jos 24:27
24:27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone
      shall be a witness unto us; for it {m} hath heard all the
      words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be
      therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.

      (m) So that man's deception should not go unpunished, the
          dumb creatures will cry for vengeance.

Jos 24:31
24:31 And Israel {n} 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.

      (n) Such are the people commonly as their rulers are.