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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 (Traditional)

約書亞記 24

重申耶和華的約

1約書亞在示劍招聚以色列各支派,然後召來以色列的長老、族長、審判官和官長。他們一同站在上帝面前。 約書亞對全體民眾說:「以色列的上帝耶和華這樣說,『從前你們的祖先,包括亞伯拉罕和拿鶴二人的父親他拉,住在幼發拉底河那邊拜別的神明。 我把你們的祖先亞伯拉罕從幼發拉底河那邊帶出來,領他走遍迦南,使他人丁興旺。我把以撒賜給他, 把雅各和以掃賜給以撒,把西珥山賜給以掃作產業,雅各和他的子孫則去了埃及。 後來,我差遣摩西和亞倫去埃及,並用瘟疫攻擊埃及人,把你們領出來。 我引領你們的祖先離開埃及來到紅海的時候,埃及人帶領戰車騎兵追了上來。 你們的祖先大聲呼求我,我就降下黑暗,把你們和埃及人分開,又用海水淹沒埃及人。你們親眼見過我在埃及的作為。後來,你們在曠野度過了一段漫長的歲月。 我領你們來到約旦河東邊亞摩利人居住的地方。他們跟你們爭戰,我把他們交在你們手中,使你們佔領他們的土地作自己的產業。我把他們從你們面前全部消滅。 那時,摩押王西撥的兒子巴勒起兵攻打你們,並派人去召比珥的兒子巴蘭來咒詛你們。 10 我不但沒有聽巴蘭的話,反而使他為你們連連祝福。這樣,我從巴勒手中救了你們。 11 你們過了約旦河來到耶利哥。耶利哥人、亞摩利人、比利洗人、迦南人、赫人、革迦撒人、希未人和耶布斯人都跟你們交戰,但我把他們交在你們手中。 12 我差黃蜂飛在你們前面,把亞摩利的兩個王從你們面前趕走,沒有動用你們一刀一弓。 13 你們沒有開墾土地,也沒有建造城邑,但我賜給你們土地和城邑,使你們住在其中,享用別人栽種的葡萄園和橄欖園的果子。』

14 「所以,你們要敬畏耶和華,誠心誠意地事奉祂,摒棄你們祖先在幼發拉底河那邊和在埃及所拜的神明,專心事奉耶和華。 15 如果你們不願意事奉耶和華,今天就選擇你們的神明吧,或大河那邊你們祖先事奉的神明,或你們這裡亞摩利人的神明。至於我和我全家,我們必事奉耶和華。」

16 民眾答道:「我們決不背棄耶和華去事奉別的神明, 17 因為我們的上帝耶和華曾領我們和我們的祖先脫離埃及人的奴役,在我們眼前行大神蹟,一路保護我們安然經過列邦。 18 耶和華把這地方的亞摩利人等外族人從我們面前趕走了,我們必事奉祂,因為祂是我們的上帝。」

19 約書亞說:「你們不能事奉耶和華,祂是一位聖潔的上帝,祂痛恨不貞,必不赦免你們的過犯和罪惡。 20 如果你們背棄耶和華,去拜外族的神明,儘管祂曾經恩待你們,也必降禍給你們,毀滅你們。」 21 民眾答道:「不,我們一定要事奉耶和華。」 22 約書亞說:「現在你們自己作證,你們已選擇事奉耶和華。」民眾答道:「我們願意自己作證。」 23 約書亞說:「這樣,你們現在就要摒棄你們中間的外族神明,專心歸向以色列的上帝耶和華。」 24 民眾答道:「我們必事奉我們的上帝耶和華,聽從祂的話。」 25 當天約書亞與民眾立約,在示劍為他們訂立律例和典章。 26 約書亞把這些話都寫在上帝的律法書上,又把一塊大石頭豎立在耶和華聖所旁邊的橡樹下。 27 然後,他對民眾說:「看啊,這塊石頭可以為我們作證,它聽到了耶和華所吩咐我們的話。如果你們背棄上帝,它必作證。」 28 於是,約書亞命民眾各自返回自己的地方。

約書亞去世

29 後來,耶和華的僕人、嫩的兒子約書亞去世了,享年一百一十歲。 30 以色列人把他葬在他的土地上,就是在迦實山北邊、以法蓮山區的亭拿·西拉。

31 約書亞在世的時候,以色列人都事奉耶和華。他死後,在那些經歷過耶和華奇妙作為的長老還健在期間,以色列人仍事奉耶和華。

32 以色列人把從埃及帶出來的約瑟的骸骨葬在示劍,在從前雅各用一百塊銀子向哈抹的子孫買的那塊地裡。哈抹是示劍的父親。後來那塊地成了約瑟子孫的產業。

33 亞倫的兒子以利亞撒也死了,他們把他葬在他兒子非尼哈分到的以法蓮山區的基比亞。