Joshua 23

1 And it came to pass after many days, when LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies round about, and Joshua was old and well stricken in years;

2 that Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders and for their heads, and for their judges and for their officers, and said to them, I am old and well stricken in years,

3 and ye have seen all that LORD your God has done to all these nations because of you, for LORD your God, he it is who has fought for you.

4 Behold, I have allotted to you these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from the Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even to the great sea toward the going down of the sun.

5 And LORD your God, he will thrust them out from before you, and drive them from out of your sight. And ye shall possess their land, as LORD your God spoke to you.

6 Therefore be ye very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye not turn aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;

7 that ye do not come 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 down to them,

8 but cling to LORD your God as ye have done to this day.

9 For LORD has driven out from before you great nations and strong. But as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.

10 One man of you shall chase a thousand, for LORD your God, he it is who fights for you, as he spoke to you.

11 Take good heed therefore to yourselves, that ye love LORD your God.

12 Else if ye do at all go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and go in to them, and they to you,

13 know for a certainty that LORD your God will no more drive these nations from out of your sight, but they shall be a snare and a trap to you, and a scourge in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good

14 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 has failed of all the good things which LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass t

15 And it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you of which LORD your God spoke to you, so will LORD bring upon you all the evil things, until he has destroyed you from off this good land which LORD your God

16 When ye transgress the covenant of LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods, and bow down yourselves to them, then the anger of LORD will be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the go