1 Congregavitque Iosue omnes tribus Israel in Sichem et vocavit maiores natu ac principes et iudices et praefectos, steteruntque in conspectu Dei;
2 et ad totum populum sic locutus est: "Haec dicit Dominus, Deus Israel: Trans fluvium habitaverunt patres vestri ab initio, Thare pater Abraham et Nachor, servieruntque diis alienis.
3 Tuli ergo patrem vestrum Abraham de Mesopotamiae finibus et adduxi eum per totam terram Chanaan multiplicavique semen eius.
4 Et dedi ei Isaac illique rursum dedi Iacob et Esau; e quibus Esau dedi montem Seir ad possidendum, Iacob vero et filii eius descenderunt in Aegyptum.
5 Misique Moysen et Aaron et percussi Aegyptum signis, quae feci in medio eius, et postea eduxi vos.
6 Eduxique patres vestros de Aegypto, et venistis ad mare. Persecutique sunt Aegyptii patres vestros cum curribus et equitatu usque ad mare Rubrum.
7 Clamaverunt autem ad Dominum, qui posuit tenebras inter vos et Aegyptios et adduxit super eos mare et operuit illos. Viderunt oculi vestri, quae in Aegypto fecerim; et habitastis in solitudine multo tempore.
8 Et introduxi vos ad terram Amorraei, qui habitabat trans Iordanem; cumque pugnarent contra vos, tradidi eos in manus vestras, et occupastis terram eorum atque interfecistis illos.
9 Surrexit autem Balac filius Sephor rex Moab et pugnavit contra Israelem; misitque et vocavit Balaam filium Beor, ut malediceret vobis.
10 Et ego nolui audire eum, sed e contrario benedixit vobis, et liberavi vos de manu eius.
11 Transistisque Iordanem et venistis ad Iericho; pugnaveruntque contra vos viri civitatis illius, Amorraeus et Pherezaeus et Chananaeus et Hetthaeus et Gergesaeus et Hevaeus et Iebusaeus; et tradidi illos in manus vestras.
12 Misique ante vos crabrones, et eiecerunt eos coram vobis "duos reges Amorraeorum "non in gladio nec in arcu tuo.
13 Dedique vobis terram, de qua non laborastis, et urbes, quas non aedificastis, et habitatis in eis, vineas et oliveta, quae non plantastis, et manducatis ex eis.
14 Nunc ergo timete Dominum et servite ei perfecto corde atque verissimo; et auferte deos, quibus servierunt patres vestri in Mesopotamia et in Aegypto, ac servite Domino.
15 Sin autem malum vobis videtur, ut Domino serviatis, eligite vobis hodie, cui servire vultis, utrum diis, quibus servierunt patres vestri in Mesopotamia, an diis Amorraeorum, in quorum terra habitatis. Ego autem et domus mea serviemus Domino"
16 Responditque populus et ait: "Absit a nobis, ut relinquamus Dominum et serviamus diis alienis.
17 Dominus Deus noster ipse eduxit nos et patres nostros de terra Aegypti, de domo servitutis; fecitque videntibus nobis signa ingentia et custodivit nos in omni via, per quam ambulavimus, et in cunctis populis, per quos transivimus;
18 et eiecit universas gentes, Amorraeum habitatorem terrae, quam nos intravimus. Serviemus igitur etiam nos Domino, quia ipse est Deus noster"
19 Dixitque Iosue ad populum: "Non poteritis servire Domino. Deus enim sanctus et Deus aemulator est nec ignoscet sceleribus vestris atque peccatis.
20 Si dimiseritis Dominum et servieritis diis alienis, convertet se et affliget vos atque subvertet, postquam vobis praestiterit bona"
21 Dixitque populus ad Iosue: "Nequaquam, sed Domino serviemus"
22 Et Iosue ad populum: "Testes, inquit, vos estis contra vos quia ipsi elegeritis vobis Dominum, ut serviatis ei" Responderuntque: "Testes"
23 "Nunc ergo, ait, auferte deos alienos de medio vestri et inclinate corda vestra ad Dominum, Deum Israel"
24 Dixitque populus ad Iosue: "Domino Deo nostro serviemus; oboedientes erimus praeceptis eius"
25 Percussit igitur Iosue in die illo foedus populo et proposuit ei praecepta atque iudicia in Sichem.
26 Scripsitque verba haec in volumine legis Dei; et tulit lapidem pergrandem posuitque eum ibi subter quercum, quae erat in sanctuario Domini,
27 et dixit ad omnem populum: "En lapis iste erit adversus vos in testimonium quia audivit omnia verba Domini, quae locutus est inter nos, ne forte postea negare velitis et mentiri Domino Deo vestro"
28 Dimisitque populum, singulos in possessionem suam.
29 Et post haec mortuus est Iosue filius Nun, servus Domini, centum decem annorum.
30 Sepelieruntque eum in finibus possessionis suae in Thamnathsare, quae sita est in monte Ephraim a septentrionali parte montis Gaas.
31 Servivitque Israel Domino cunctis diebus Iosue et seniorum, qui longo vixerunt tempore post Iosue et qui noverunt omnia opera Domini, quae fecerat Israel.
32 Ossa quoque Ioseph, quae tulerant filii Israel de Aegypto, sepelierunt in Sichem, in parte agri, quem emerat Iacob a filiis Hemmor patris Sichem centum argenteis, et fuit in possessionem filiorum Ioseph.
33 Eleazar quoque filius Aaron mortuus est; et sepelierunt eum in Gabaa Phinees filii eius, quae data est ei in monte Ephraim.
King James Version
1 And 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; and they presented themselves before God.
2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.
3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.
4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.
6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.
7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye 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; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, 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 ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; 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 thy sword, nor with thy bow.
13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
14 ¶ Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, 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 the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.
19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, 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, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.
22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
26 ¶ And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.
27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.
28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.
29 ¶ And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.
32 ¶ And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.