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.
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 age:
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.
4Behold, 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.
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 you.
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 left;
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:
8But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.
9For 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.
10One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as
he hath promised you.
11Take good heed therefore
unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.
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:
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.
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.
15Therefore 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 you.
16When 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.