1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to a Shechem and b called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they c presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: d 'Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of 1 the River 2 in old times; and e they served other gods. 3 f 'Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of 3 the River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his 4 descendants and g gave him Isaac. 4 'To Isaac I gave h Jacob and Esau. To i Esau I gave the mountains of Seir to possess, j but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. 5 k 'Also I sent Moses and Aaron, and l I plagued Egypt, according to what I did among them. Afterward I brought you out.
6 'Then I m brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7 'So they cried out to the LORD; and He put n darkness between you and the Egyptians, brought the sea upon them, and covered them. And o your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. Then you dwelt in the wilderness p a long time. 8 'And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of the Jordan, q and they fought with you. But I gave them into your hand, that you might possess their land, and I destroyed them from before you. 9 'Then r Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose to make war against Israel, and s sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you. 10 t 'But I would not listen to Balaam; u therefore he continued to bless you. So I delivered you out of his hand. 11 'Then v you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho. And w the men of Jericho fought against you - also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I delivered them into your hand. 12 x 'I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the two kings of the Amorites, but y not with your sword or with your bow. 13 'I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and z cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.'New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.