The Inheritance of the Israelites - Joshua 23

Joshua 23:1 And it came to pass a long time after that the  LORD had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies  roundabout, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.  

Joshua 23:2 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:  

Joshua 23:3 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. 

Joshua 23:4 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. 

Joshua 23:5 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 you. 

Joshua 23:6 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 left; 

Joshua 23:7 That ye come not among  these nations, these that remain among you; neither make  mention of the names of their gods, nor cause to swear by  them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:  

Joshua 23:8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have  done unto this day. 

Joshua 23:9 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.  


Joshua 23:10 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. 

Joshua 23:11 Take good heed therefore unto  yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. 

Joshua 23:12 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 marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to  you: 

Joshua 23:13 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  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. 

Joshua 23:14 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 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. 

Joshua 23:15 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  you. 

Joshua 23:16 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.   KJV