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Joshua 24

Joshua Reviews Israel’s History

1Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel and for their heads and for their judges and for their officers; they presented themselves before God. Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, lived beyond the [Euphrates] River in ancient times; and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the [Euphrates] River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants, and I gave him Isaac. To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau, and to Esau I gave [the hill country of] Mount Seir to possess; but Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt. Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt by what I did in its midst; and afterward I brought you out. Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. When they cried out to the Lord [for help], He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them and covered them; and your own eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And you lived in the wilderness [a]a long time (forty years). Then I brought you into the land of the Amorites who lived on the other side of the Jordan, and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land and I destroyed them before you. Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel, and he sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you. 10 But I would not listen to Balaam. Therefore he had to bless you, so I saved you from Balak’s hand. 11 You crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho; and the citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Girgashite, the Hivite and the Jebusite; and so I gave them into your hand. 12 I sent the hornet [that is, the terror of you] before you, which drove the two kings of the Amorites out before you; but it was not by your sword or by your bow. 13 I gave you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you live in them; you eat from vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.’

14 “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in truth; remove the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the [Euphrates] River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 If it is unacceptable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

16 The people answered, “Far be it from us to abandon (reject) the Lord to serve other gods; 17 for the Lord our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs (miracles) in our sight and kept us safe all along the way that we went and among all the peoples among whom we passed. 18 The Lord drove all the peoples out from before us, even the Amorites who lived in the land. We also will serve the Lord, for He is our God.”

19 Then Joshua said to the people, “You will not be able to serve the Lord [if you serve any other gods], for He is a holy God; He is a [b]jealous God [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely His]. He will not forgive your transgression [of His law] or your sins. 20 If you do abandon (reject) the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume and destroy you after He has done you good.” 21 The people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve [only] the Lord.” 22 Joshua then said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen for yourselves the Lord, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 “Now then, remove the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your hearts toward the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24 The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and we will listen to and obey His voice.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance at Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was in [the courtyard of] the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 Joshua then said to all the people, “Look, this stone shall serve as a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord which He spoke to us; so it shall be a witness against you, so that [afterward] you do not deny your God.” 28 Then Joshua sent the people away, each to [the territory of] his inheritance.

Joshua’s Death and Burial

29 It happened after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, at the age of a hundred and ten years. 30 They buried him in the territory of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash.

31 Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, and had known all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.

32 Now they buried the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up from Egypt, at Shechem, in the plot of land which Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money; and it became the inheritance of the sons of Joseph. 33 And Eleazar [the priest], the son of Aaron died; and they buried him at Gibeah [on the hill] of Phinehas his son, which had been given to him in the hill country of Ephraim.

  1. Joshua 24:7 Lit many days.
  2. Joshua 24:19 I.e. intolerant of unfaithfulness.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约书亚记 24

重申耶和华的约

1约书亚在示剑招聚以色列各支派,然后召来以色列的长老、族长、审判官和官长。他们一同站在上帝面前。 约书亚对全体民众说:“以色列的上帝耶和华这样说,‘从前你们的祖先,包括亚伯拉罕和拿鹤二人的父亲他拉,住在幼发拉底河那边拜别的神明。 我把你们的祖先亚伯拉罕从幼发拉底河那边带出来,领他走遍迦南,使他人丁兴旺。我把以撒赐给他, 把雅各和以扫赐给以撒,把西珥山赐给以扫作产业,雅各和他的子孙则去了埃及。 后来,我差遣摩西和亚伦去埃及,并用瘟疫攻击埃及人,把你们领出来。 我引领你们的祖先离开埃及来到红海的时候,埃及人带领战车骑兵追了上来。 你们的祖先大声呼求我,我就降下黑暗,把你们和埃及人分开,又用海水淹没埃及人。你们亲眼见过我在埃及的作为。后来,你们在旷野度过了一段漫长的岁月。 我领你们来到约旦河东边亚摩利人居住的地方。他们跟你们争战,我把他们交在你们手中,使你们占领他们的土地作自己的产业。我把他们从你们面前全部消灭。 那时,摩押王西拨的儿子巴勒起兵攻打你们,并派人去召比珥的儿子巴兰来咒诅你们。 10 我不但没有听巴兰的话,反而使他为你们连连祝福。这样,我从巴勒手中救了你们。 11 你们过了约旦河来到耶利哥。耶利哥人、亚摩利人、比利洗人、迦南人、赫人、革迦撒人、希未人和耶布斯人都跟你们交战,但我把他们交在你们手中。 12 我差黄蜂飞在你们前面,把亚摩利的两个王从你们面前赶走,没有动用你们一刀一弓。 13 你们没有开垦土地,也没有建造城邑,但我赐给你们土地和城邑,使你们住在其中,享用别人栽种的葡萄园和橄榄园的果子。’

14 “所以,你们要敬畏耶和华,诚心诚意地事奉祂,摒弃你们祖先在幼发拉底河那边和在埃及所拜的神明,专心事奉耶和华。 15 如果你们不愿意事奉耶和华,今天就选择你们的神明吧,或大河那边你们祖先事奉的神明,或你们这里亚摩利人的神明。至于我和我全家,我们必事奉耶和华。”

16 民众答道:“我们决不背弃耶和华去事奉别的神明, 17 因为我们的上帝耶和华曾领我们和我们的祖先脱离埃及人的奴役,在我们眼前行大神迹,一路保护我们安然经过列邦。 18 耶和华把这地方的亚摩利人等外族人从我们面前赶走了,我们必事奉祂,因为祂是我们的上帝。”

19 约书亚说:“你们不能事奉耶和华,祂是一位圣洁的上帝,祂痛恨不贞,必不赦免你们的过犯和罪恶。 20 如果你们背弃耶和华,去拜外族的神明,尽管祂曾经恩待你们,也必降祸给你们,毁灭你们。” 21 民众答道:“不,我们一定要事奉耶和华。” 22 约书亚说:“现在你们自己作证,你们已选择事奉耶和华。”民众答道:“我们愿意自己作证。” 23 约书亚说:“这样,你们现在就要摒弃你们中间的外族神明,专心归向以色列的上帝耶和华。” 24 民众答道:“我们必事奉我们的上帝耶和华,听从祂的话。” 25 当天约书亚与民众立约,在示剑为他们订立律例和典章。 26 约书亚把这些话都写在上帝的律法书上,又把一块大石头竖立在耶和华圣所旁边的橡树下。 27 然后,他对民众说:“看啊,这块石头可以为我们作证,它听到了耶和华所吩咐我们的话。如果你们背弃上帝,它必作证。” 28 于是,约书亚命民众各自返回自己的地方。

约书亚去世

29 后来,耶和华的仆人、嫩的儿子约书亚去世了,享年一百一十岁。 30 以色列人把他葬在他的土地上,就是在迦实山北边、以法莲山区的亭拿·西拉。

31 约书亚在世的时候,以色列人都事奉耶和华。他死后,在那些经历过耶和华奇妙作为的长老还健在期间,以色列人仍事奉耶和华。

32 以色列人把从埃及带出来的约瑟的骸骨葬在示剑,在从前雅各用一百块银子向哈抹的子孙买的那块地里。哈抹是示剑的父亲。后来那块地成了约瑟子孙的产业。

33 亚伦的儿子以利亚撒也死了,他们把他葬在他儿子非尼哈分到的以法莲山区的基比亚。