And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD had given rest unto Israel from
all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.
And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and
for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken in
And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations
because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.
Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an
inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off,
even unto the great sea westward.
And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out
of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book
of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the
That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make
mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor
bow yourselves unto them:
But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.
For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for
you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.
One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that
fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.
Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations,
even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto
them, and they to you:
Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these
nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in
your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the
LORD your God hath given you.
And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your
hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things
which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not
one thing hath failed thereof.
Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which
the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until
he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given
When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded
you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the
anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good
land which he hath given unto you.