Jos 24: 1-2a,15-17,18b

Joshua summoned all the tribes of Israel in Shechem, and assembled the elders, leaders, judges and secretaries. And together they presented themselves before God.

Addressing the people, Joshua said to them: Yahweh, the God of Israel. commands me to say to you. But if you do not want to serve Yahweh, make known this very day whom you shall serve– whether they be the gods your ancestors served in Mesopotamia or the gods of the Amorites who formerly occupied the land in which you now live. As for me, I and my household will serve Yahweh.”

The people answered: ” May God not permit that we ever abandon Yahweh to serve other gods! For it was he who brought us and our ancestor out of Egypt, the house of slavery. It was he who did those great wonders that we have seen; he protected us on the way and through all the land where we passed. So we shall also serve Yahweh: he is our God!

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