Joshua 24

1 And Joshua (Yehoshua) gather-ed all the tribes of Yisrael to Shechem, and called for the elders of Yisrael, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God (Elohim).

2 And Joshua (Yehoshua) said unto all the people, “Thus saith יהוה God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael): ‘Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abvraham, and the father of Nachor; and they served other gods (elohim).

3 And I took your father Abvraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac (Yitschaq).

4 And I gave unto Isaac (Yitschaq), Jacob (Yaaqov) and Esaw; and I gave unto Esaw mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob (Yaaqov) and his children went down into Egypt (Mitsrayim).

5 I sent Moses (Mosheh) also and Aaron (Aharon), and I plagued Egypt (Mitsrayim), according to that which I did among them; and afterward I brought you out.

6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt (Mitsrayim); and you came unto the sea; and the Egyptians (Mitsrayim) pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.

7 And when they cried unto יהוה, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians (Mitsrayim), and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt (Mitsrayim); and you dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan (Yarden); and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, that you might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.

9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moav, arose and warred against Yisrael, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you;

10 But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still; so I delivered you out of his hand.

11 And you went over Jordan (Yarden), and came unto Yericho; and the men of Yericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Yevusis; and I delivered them into your hand.

12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with your sword, nor with your bow.

13 And I have given you a land for which you did not labour, and cities which you built not, and you dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which you planted not do you eat.’

14 Now therefore fear יהוה, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods (elohim) which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt (Mitsrayim); and serve you יהוה!

15 And if it seems evil unto you to serve יהוה, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods (elohim) which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods (elohim) of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve יהוה.”

16 And the people answered and said: “God (Elohim) forbid that we should forsake יהוה, to serve other gods (elohim);

17 For יהוה our God (Elohim), He it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim), from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed.

18 And יהוה drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land; therefore will we also serve יהוה; for He is our God (Elohim).”

19 And Joshua (Yehoshua) said unto the people, “You cannot serve יהוה, for He is a holy God (Elohim); He is a jealous God (El); He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

20 If you forsake יהוה, and serve strange gods (elohim), then He will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that He hath done you good.”

21 And the people said unto Joshua (Yehoshua), “Nay; but we will serve יהוה!”

22 And Joshua (Yehoshua) said unto the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen you יהוה, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.”

23 “Now therefore put away,” said he, “the strange gods (elohim) which are among you, and incline your heart unto יהוה God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael).”

24 And the people said unto Joshua (Yehoshua), “יהוה our God (Elohim) will we serve, and His voice will we obey.”

25 So Joshua (Yehoshua) made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

26 And Joshua (Yehoshua) wrote these words in the Book of the Torah of God (Elohim), and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of יהוה.

27 And Joshua (Yehoshua) said unto all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of יהוה which He spake unto us; it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest you deny your God (Elohim).”

28 So Joshua (Yehoshua) let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.

29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua (Yehoshua) the son of Nun, the servant of יהוה, died, being a hundred and ten years old.

30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in Mount Efrayim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.

31 And Yisrael served יהוה all the days of Joshua (Yehoshua), and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua (Yehoshua), and which had known all the works of יהוה, that He had done for Yisrael.

32 And the bones of Joseph (Yosef), which the children of Yisrael brought up out of Egypt (Mitsrayim), buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob (Yaaqov) bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of silver; and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph (Yosef).

33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron (Aharon) died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in Mount Efrayim.