Chapter 23

Joshua exhorts Israel to be courageous, keep the commandments, love the Lord, and neither marry among nor cleave unto the remnants of the Canaanites who remain in the land—When the children of Israel serve other gods, they will be cursed and dispossessed.

 And it came to pass a long time after that the Lord had given arest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that bJoshua 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 age:

 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 agreat sea westward.

 And the Lord your God, he shall aexpel 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.

 Be ye therefore very acourageous 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;

 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their agods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:

 But acleave 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 astand before you unto this day.

 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that afighteth for you, as he hath bpromised you.

 11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God.

 12 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 amarriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

 13 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 ascourges in your sides, and bthorns in your eyes, until ye cperish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.

 14 And, behold, this day I am going the away 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 bgood things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.

 15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the Lord your God apromised 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.

 16 When ye have atransgressed 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 bgood land which he hath given unto you.