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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.

Ketab El Hayat

ﻳﺸﻮﻉ 24

تجديد العهد عند شكيم

1ثُمَّ جَمَعَ يَشُوعُ كُلَّ أَسْبَاطِ إِسْرَائِيلَ فِي شَكِيمَ، وَدَعَا شُيُوخَهُمْ وَرُؤَسَاءَهُمْ وَقُضَاتَهُمْ وَعُرَفَاءَهُمْ فَمَثَلُوا فِي حَضْرَةِ الرَّبِّ. وَقَالَ يَشُوعُ لِجَمِيعِ الشَّعْبِ: «هَذَا مَا يَقُولُهُ الرَّبُّ إِلَهُ إِسْرَائِيلَ: لَقَدْ أَقَامَ أَجْدَادُكُمْ، وَمِنْ جُمْلَتِهِمْ تَارَحُ أَبُو إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَأَبُو نَاحُورَ مُنْذُ الْقِدَمِ فِي شَرْقِيِّ نَهْرِ الْفُرَاتِ حَيْثُ عَبَدُوا آلِهَةً أُخْرَى، فَأَخَذْتُ أَبَاكُمْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ مِنْ شَرْقِيِّ النَّهْرِ وَقُدْتُهُ عَبْرَ أَرْضِ كَنْعَانَ وَكَثَّرْتُ نَسْلَهُ، وَرَزَقْتُهُ بِإِسْحَاقَ، وَأَنْعَمْتُ عَلَى إِسْحَاقَ بِيَعْقُوبَ وَعِيسُو، فَوَهَبْتُ عِيسُو جَبَلَ سِعِيرَ مِيرَاثاً. وَأَمَّا يَعْقُوبُ وَأَبْنَاؤُهُ فَقَدِ انْحَدَرُوا إِلَى مِصْرَ. ثُمَّ أَرْسَلْتُ مُوسَى وَهرُونَ، وَأَنْزَلْتُ بِمِصْرَ الْبَلاَيَا بِسَبَبِ مَا صَنَعْتُهُ بِهَا، ثُمَّ أَخْرَجْتُكُمْ مِنْهَا. وَحَرَّرْتُ آبَاءَكُمْ مِنْ عُبُودِيَّةِ مِصْرَ. وَلَمَّا دَخَلُوا الْبَحْرَ الأَحْمَرَ وَلَحِقَ بِهِمِ الْمِصْرِيُّونَ بِمَرْكَبَاتٍ وَفُرْسَانٍ، اسْتَغَاثُوا بِي فَأَقَمْتُ حَاجِزاً مِنْ ظَلاَمٍ بَيْنَهُمْ وَبَيْنَ الْمِصْرِيِّينَ، وَرَدَدْتُ الْبَحْرَ فَأَطْبَقَ عَلَيْهِمْ فَغَرِقُوا. وَشَهِدُوا بِأُمِّ أَعْيُنِهِمْ مَا صَنَعْتُهُ فِي مِصْرَ. وَأَقَامُوا فِي الصَّحْرَاءِ حِقْبَةً طَوِيلَةً. ثُمَّ أَتَيْتُ بِكُمْ إِلَى أَرْضِ الأَمُورِيِّينَ الْمُقِيمِينَ شَرْقِيَّ نَهْرِ الأُرْدُنِّ فَحَارَبُوكُمْ، غَيْرَ أَنِّي أَسْلَمْتُهُمْ إِلَيْكُمْ، فَامْتَلَكْتُمْ أَرْضَهُمْ، وَأَبَدْتُهُمْ مِنْ أَمَامِكُمْ. وَهَبَّ بَالاقُ بْنُ صِفُّورَ مَلِكُ مُوآبَ لِمُحَارَبَتِكُمْ، وَاسْتَدْعَى إِلَيْهِ بَلْعَامَ بْنَ بَعُورَ لِكَيْ يَلْعَنَكُمْ. 10 فَلَمْ أُرِدْ أَنْ أَسْتَجِيبَ لِبَلْعَامَ، فَبَارَكَكُمْ بَرَكَةً بَعْدَ بَرَكَةٍ، وَأَنْقَذْتُكُمْ مِنْ يَدِهِ. 11 ثُمَّ اجْتَزْتُمْ نَهْرَ الأُرْدُنِّ وَحَاصَرْتُمْ أَرِيحَا، فَتَصَدَّى لَكُمْ أَصْحَابُهَا الأَمُورِيُّونَ وَالْفِرِزِّيُّونَ وَالْكَنْعَانِيُّونَ وَالْحِثِّيُّونَ وَالْجِرْجَاشِيُّونَ وَالْحِوِّيُّونَ وَالْيَبُوسِيُّونَ، فَأَسْلَمْتُهُمْ إِلَيْكُمْ. 12 وَأَرْسَلْتُ أَمَامَكُمْ أَسْرَابَ الزَّنَابِيرِ وَطَرَدْتُ مَلِكَيِ الأَمُورِيِّينَ مِنْ وَجْهِكُمْ، فَلَمْ تَكُنْ سُيُوفُكُمْ وَلاَ سِهَامُكُمْ هِيَ الَّتِي نَصَرَتْكُمْ. 13 وَوَهَبْتُكُمْ أَرْضاً لَمْ تَتْعَبُوا فِيهَا وَمُدُناً لَمْ تَبْنُوهَا فَأَقَمْتُمْ فِيهَا، وَكُرُوماً وَزَيْتُوناً لَمْ تَغْرِسُوهَا وَأَكَلْتُمْ مِنْهَا. 14 والآنَ اتَّقُوا الرَّبَّ وَاعْبُدُوهُ بِكُلِّ أَمَانَةٍ، وَانْزِعُوا الأَوْثَانَ الَّتِي عَبَدَهَا آبَاؤُكُمْ فِي شَرْقِيِّ نَهْرِ الْفُرَاتِ وَفِي مِصْرَ وَاعْبُدُوا الرَّبَّ. 15 وَإِنْ سَاءَكُمْ أَنْ تَعْبُدُوا الرَّبَّ، فَاخْتَارُوا لأَنْفُسِكُمُ الْيَوْمَ مَنْ تَعْبُدُونَ سَوَاءَ مِنَ الآلِهَةِ الَّتِي عَبَدَهَا آبَاؤُكُمُ الَّذِينَ اسْتَوْطَنُوا شَرْقِيَّ نَهْرِ الْفُرَاتِ أَمْ آلِهَةِ الأَمُورِيِّينَ الَّذِينَ أَنْتُمْ مُقِيمُونَ فِي أَرْضِهِمْ. أَمَّا أَنَا وَبَيْتِي فَنَعْبُدُ الرَّبَّ».

تعهد الشعب بخدمة الرب

16 فَأَجَابَ الشَّعْبُ: «حَاشَا لَنَا أَنْ نَنْبِذَ الرَّبَّ لِنَعْبُدَ آلِهَةً أُخْرَى، 17 لأَنَّ الرَّبَّ إِلَهَنَا هُوَ الَّذِي أَخْرَجَنَا وَأَخْرَجَ آبَاءَنَا مِنْ دِيَارِ مِصْرَ مِنْ تَحْتِ نِيرِ الْعُبُودِيَّةِ، وَهُوَ الَّذِي أَجْرَى عَلَى مَشْهَدٍ مِنَّا تِلْكَ الآيَاتِ الْعَظِيمَةَ، وَرَعَانَا فِي كُلِّ الطَّرِيقِ الَّتِي سِرْنَا فِيهَا، وَفِي وَسَطِ جَمِيعِ الشُّعُوبِ الَّذِينَ مَرَرْنَا بِهِمْ، 18 وَطَرَدَ الرَّبُّ مِنْ وَجْهِنَا جَمِيعَ الشُّعوُبِ، وَمِنْ جُمْلَتِهِمِ الأَمُورِيُّونَ الْمُقِيمُونَ فِي الأَرْضِ. فَنَحْنُ أَيْضاً نَعْبُدُ الرَّبَّ لأَنَّهُ هُوَ إِلَهُنَا». 19 فَقَالَ لَهُمْ يَشُوعُ: «لَنْ تَقْدِرُوا أَنْ تَعْبُدُوا الرَّبَّ حَقَّ الْعِبَادَةِ لأَنَّهُ إِلَهٌ قُدُّوسٌ وَغَيُورٌ وَلَنْ يَغْفِرَ لَكُمْ خَطَايَاكُمْ وَذُنُوبَكُمْ. 20 وَإِذَا نَبَذْتُمُ الرَّبَّ وَعَبَدْتُمُ الأَوْثَانَ فَإِنَّهُ يَنْقَلِبُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَيَفْجَعُكُمْ وَيُفْنِيكُمْ بَعْدَ أَنْ أَحْسَنَ إِلَيْكُمْ». 21 فَقَالَ الشَّعْبُ لِيَشُوعَ: «لاَ، بَلِ الرَّبَّ نَعْبُدُ». 22 فَقَالَ لَهُمْ يَشُوعُ: «أَنْتُمْ شُهُودٌ عَلَى أَنْفُسِكُمْ، فَقَدِ اخْتَرْتُمُ الرَّبَّ لأَنْفُسِكُمْ لِتَعْبُدُوهُ». فَأَجَابُوا: «نَحْنُ شُهُودٌ». 23 فَقَالَ يَشُوعُ: «إِذَنْ انْزِعُوا الآنَ الآلِهَةَ الْغَرِيبَةَ الَّتِي مَعَكُمْ وَأَخْضِعُوا قُلُوبَكُمْ لِلرَّبِّ إِلَهِ إِسْرَائِيلَ». 24 فَأَجَابُوا: «الرَّبَّ إِلَهَنَا نَعْبُدُ، وَأَمْرَهُ نُطِيعُ». 25 فِي ذَلِكَ الْيَوْمِ قَطَعَ يَشُوعُ عَهْداً لِلشَّعْبِ وَسَنَّ لَهُمْ فِي شَكِيمَ شَرَائِعَ وَأَحْكَاماً. 26 وَدَوَّنَ يَشُوعُ هَذَا الْكَلامَ فِي كِتَابِ شَرِيعَةِ اللهِ، وَتَنَاوَلَ حَجَراً كَبِيراً وَنَصَبَهُ هُنَاكَ تَحْتَ الْبَلُّوطَةِ الَّتِي عِنْدَ بَيْتِ الرَّبِّ. 27 ثُمَّ قَالَ لِلشَّعْبِ جَمِيعِهِ: «إِنَّ هَذَا الْحَجَرَ شَاهِدٌ عَلَيْكُمْ لِئَلاَّ تَجْحَدُوا إِلَهَكُمْ». 28 ثُمَّ صَرَفَ يَشُوعُ كُلَّ وَاحِدٍ إِلَى مَسْكَنِهِ.

موت يشوع

29 وَمَا لَبِثَ بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ أَنْ مَاتَ يَشُوعُ بْنُ نُونٍ عَبْدُ الرَّبِّ، وَقَدْ بَلَغَ مِنَ الْعُمْرِ مِئَةً وَعَشْرَ سَنَوَاتٍ، 30 فَدَفَنُوهُ فِي أَرْضِ مِيرَاثِهِ فِي تِمْنَةَ سَارَحَ الَّتِي فِي جَبَلِ أَفْرَايِمَ شِمَالِيَّ جَبَلِ جَاعَشَ. 31 وَعَبَدَ الإِسْرَائِيلِيُّونَ الرَّبَّ طَوَالَ حَيَاةِ يَشُوعَ، وَفِي أَثْنَاءِ أَيَّامِ الشُّيُوخِ الَّذِينَ عَمَّرُوا طَوِيلاً بَعْدَ يَشُوعَ، مِمَّنَ شَهِدُوا كُلَّ مُعَامَلاَتِ الرَّبِّ الَّتِي أَجْرَاهَا مَعَ إِسْرَائِيلَ. 32 وَدَفَنَ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ عِظَامَ يُوسُفَ الَّتِي نَقَلُوهَا مَعَهُمْ مِنْ مِصْرَ فِي شَكِيمَ، فِي قِطْعَةِ الأَرْضِ الَّتِي اشْتَرَاهَا يَعْقُوبُ مِنْ بَنِي حَمُورَ أَبِي شَكِيمَ بِمِئَةِ قِطْعَةٍ مِنَ الْفِضَّةِ، الَّتِي أَصْبَحَتْ جُزْءاً مِنْ مِيرَاثِ ذُرِّيَّةِ يُوسُفَ. 33 وَمَاتَ أَيْضاً أَلِعَازَارُ بْنُ هرُونَ فَدَفَنُوهُ فِي جِبْعَةَ فِينْحَاسَ ابْنِهِ الَّتِي أُعْطِيَتْ لَهُ فِي جَبَلِ أَفْرَايِمَ.