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The Promised Land

(Category 6 of 16)

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CHAPTER 22 References

2 aNum.
Deut. 3:18
bJosh. 1:12–18
3 1forsaken

Eastern Tribes Return to Their Lands


1 Then Joshua called the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh,
2 and said to them: “You have kept aall that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, band have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you.
3 “You have not 1left your brethren

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these many days, up to this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God.
4 “And now the LORD your God has given arest to your brethren, as He promised them; now therefore, return and go to your tents and to the land of your possession, bwhich Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan.
5 “But atake1 careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, bto love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
6 So Joshua ablessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents.
7 Now to half the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan, abut to the other half of it Joshua gave a possession among their brethren on this side of the Jordan, westward. And indeed, when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them,
8 and spoke to them, saying, “Return with much riches to your tents, with very much livestock, with silver, with gold, with bronze, with iron, and with very much clothing. aDivide the 1spoil of your enemies with your brethren.”
9 So the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the children of Israel at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to athe country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, which they had obtained according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

An Altar by the Jordan

10 And when they came to the region of the Jordan which is in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the Jordan—a great, impressive altar.
11 Now the children of Israel aheard someone say, “Behold, the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh have built an altar on the 1frontier of the land of Canaan, in the region of the Jordan—on the children of Israel’s side.”
12 And when the children of Israel heard of it, athe whole congregation of the children of Israel gathered together at Shiloh to go to war against them.
13 Then the children of Israel asent bPhinehas the son of Eleazar the priest to the children of Reuben, to the children of Gad, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead,

4 aJosh. 21:44
bNum. 32:33
5 aDeut. 6:6,
17; 11:22; Jer.
12:16 bDeut.
10:12; 11:13,
22 1be very
careful to do
6 aGen. 47:7;
Ex. 39:43;
Josh. 14:13;
2 Sam. 6:18;
Luke 24:50
7 aJosh.
8 aNum. 31:27;
1 Sam. 30:24
9 aNum. 32:1,
26, 29
11 aDeut.
Judg. 20:12,
13 1Lit. front
12 aJosh. 18:1;
Judg. 20:1
13 aDeut.
13:14; Judg.
20:12 bEx.
6:25; Num.
25:7, 11–13
14 aNum. 1:4
1Lit. thousands
16 aDeut.
12:5–14 bLev.
17:8, 9
17 aNum.
25:1–9; Deut.
18 aNum. 16:22
19 aJosh. 18:1
20 aJosh.
7:1–26 1act
21 1Lit. thousands
22 aDeut. 4:35;
10:17; Is. 44:8;
45:5; 46:9;
[1 Cor. 8:5, 6] b[Job 10:7;
23:10; Jer.
12:3; 2 Cor.
11:11, 31] 23 aDeut.
18:19; 1 Sam.
24 1Lit. from

14 and with him ten rulers, one ruler each from the chief house of every tribe of Israel; and aeach one was the head of the house of his father among the 1divisions of Israel.
15 Then they came to the children of Reuben, to the children of Gad, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, to the land of Gilead, and they spoke with them, saying,
16 “Thus says the whole congregation of the LORD: ‘What atreachery1 is this that you have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that you have built for yourselves an altar, bthat you might rebel this day against the LORD?
17 ‘Is the iniquity aof Peor not enough for us, from which we are not cleansed till this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD,
18 ‘but that you must turn away this day from following the LORD? And it shall be, if you rebel today against the LORD, that tomorrow aHe will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel.
19 1‘Nevertheless, if the land of your possession is unclean, then cross over to the land of the possession of the LORD, awhere the LORD’s tabernacle stands, and take possession among us; but do not rebel against the LORD, nor rebel against us, by building yourselves an altar besides the altar of the LORD our God.
20 a‘Did not Achan the son of Zerah 1commit a trespass in the 2accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity.’ ”
21 Then the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh answered and said to the heads of the 1divisions of Israel:
22 “The LORD aGod of gods, the LORD God of gods, He bknows, and let Israel itself know—if it is in rebellion, or if in treachery against the LORD, do not save us this day.
23 “If we have built ourselves an altar to turn from following the LORD, or if to offer on it burnt offerings or grain offerings, or if to offer peace offerings on it, let the LORD Himself arequire an account.
24 “But in fact we have done it 1for fear, for a reason, saying, ‘In time to come your descendants may speak to our descendants, saying, “What have you to do with the LORD God of Israel?
25 “For the LORD has made the Jordan a border between you and us, you children of Reuben and children of Gad.You have no part in the LORD.” So your descendants would make our descendants cease fearing the LORD.’
26 “Therefore we said, ‘Let us now prepare to build ourselves an altar,

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not for burnt offering nor for sacrifice,
27 ‘but that it may be aa 1witness between you and us and our generations after us, that we may bperform the service of the LORD before Him with our burnt offerings, with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your descendants may not say to our descendants in time to come, “You have no part in the LORD.” ’
28 “Therefore we said that it will be, when they say this to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say, ‘Here is the replica of the altar of the LORD which our fathers made, though not for burnt offerings nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between you and us.’
29 “Far be it from us that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn from following the LORD this day, ato build an altar for burnt offerings, for grain offerings, or for sacrifices, besides the altar of the LORD our God which is before His tabernacle.”
30 Now when Phinehas the priest and the rulers of the congregation, the heads of the 1divisions of Israel who were with him, heard the words that the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and the children of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them.
31 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and the children of Manasseh, “This day we perceive that the LORD is aamong us, because you have not committed this treachery against the LORD.Now you have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD.”
32 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the rulers, returned from the children of Reuben and the children of Gad, from the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel, and brought back word to them.
33 So the thing pleased the children of Israel, and the children of Israel ablessed God; they spoke no more of going against them in battle, to destroy the land where the children of Reuben and Gad dwelt.
34 The children of Reuben and the children of 1Gad called the altar, Witness, “For it is a witness between us that the LORD is God.”

Joshua’s Farewell Address


1 Now it came to pass, a long time after the LORD ahad given rest to Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua bwas old, advanced in age.
2 And Joshua acalled for all Israel, for their elders, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers, and said to them: “I am old, advanced in age.
3 “You have seen all that the

27 aGen. 31:48;
Josh. 22:34;
24:27 bDeut.
12:5, 14 1testimony
29 aDeut.
12:13, 14
30 1Lit. thousands
31 aEx. 25:8;
Lev. 26:11, 12;
2 Chr. 15:2;
Zech. 8:23
33 a1 Chr.
29:20; Neh.
8:6; Dan. 2:19;
Luke 2:28
34 1LXX adds
and half the
tribe of Manasseh

CHAPTER 23 References

1 aJosh. 21:44;
22:4 bJosh.
13:1; 24:29
2 aDeut. 31:28
3 aPs. 44:3
bEx. 14:14;
Deut. 1:30;
Josh. 10:14, 42
4 aJosh. 13:2,
6; 18:10
5 aEx. 23:30;
33:2 bNum.
6 aJosh. 1:7
bDeut. 5:32
7 aEx. 23:33;
Deut. 7:2, 3;
[Prov. 4:14;
Eph. 5:11] bEx. 23:13; Ps.
16:4; Jer. 5:7;
Hos. 2:17
cDeut. 6:13;
10:20 dEx.
20:5 1associate
8 aDeut. 10:20
9 aDeut. 7:24;
11:23; Josh.
1:5 1dispossessed
10 aLev. 26:8;
Deut. 28:7; Is.
30:17 bEx.
11 aJosh. 22:5
12 a[2 Pet.
2:20, 21] bDeut. 7:3, 4;
Ezra 9:2; Neh.
13 aJudg. 2:3
bEx. 23:33;
34:12; Deut.
14 a1 Kin. 2:2
bJosh. 21:45;
[Luke 21:33] 1I am going to
15 aDeut. 28:63
16 1Or if ever

JOSHUA 23:16

aLORD your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the bLORD your God is He who has fought for you.
4 “See, aI have divided to you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from the Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, as far as the Great Sea westward.
5 “And the LORD your God awill expel them from before you and drive them out of your sight. So you shall possess their land, bas the LORD your God promised you.
6 a“Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, blest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left,
7 “and lest you ago1 among these nations, these who remain among you.You shall not bmake mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to cswear by them; you shall not dserve them nor bow down to them,
8 “but you shall ahold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.
9 a“For the LORD has 1driven out from before you great and strong nations; but as for you, no one has been able to stand against you to this day.
10 a“One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, bas He promised you.
11 a“Therefore take careful heed to yourselves, that you love the LORD your God.
12 “Or else, if indeed you do ago back, and cling to the remnant of these nations—these that remain among you—and bmake marriages with them, and go in to them and they to you,
13 “know for certain that athe LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. bBut they shall be snares and traps to you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the LORD your God has given you.
14 “Behold, this day aI1 am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that bnot one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.
15 a“Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you which the LORD your God promised you, so the LORD will bring upon you ball harmful things, until He has destroyed you from this good land which the LORD your God has given you.
16 1“When you have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God,

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which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, then the aanger of the LORD will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you.”

The Covenant at Shechem


1 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to aShechem and bcalled for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they cpresented themselves before God.
2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: a‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of 1the River in old times; and bthey served other gods.
3 a‘Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of 1the River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his 2descendants and bgave him Isaac.
4 ‘To Isaac I gave aJacob and Esau. To bEsau I gave the mountains of Seir to possess, cbut Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.
5 a‘Also I sent Moses and Aaron, and bI plagued Egypt, according to what I did among them. Afterward I brought you out.
6 ‘Then I abrought 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 adarkness between you and the Egyptians, brought the sea upon them, and covered them. And byour eyes saw what I did in Egypt. Then you dwelt in the wilderness ca long time.
8 ‘And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of the Jordan, aand 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 aBalak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose to make war against Israel, and bsent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you.
10 a‘But I would not listen to Balaam; btherefore he continued to bless you. So I delivered you out of his hand.
11 ‘Then ayou went over the Jordan and came to Jericho. And bthe 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 a‘I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the two kings of the Am-

16 aDeut.

CHAPTER 24 References

1 aGen. 35:4
bJosh. 23:2
c1 Sam. 10:19
2 aGen.
11:7–32 bJosh.
24:14 1The
3 aGen. 12:1;
Acts 7:2, 3
b[Ps. 127:3] 1The
2Lit. seed
4 aGen.
bDeut. 2:5
cGen. 46:1,
3, 6
5 aEx. 3:10
bEx. 7—10
6 aEx. 12:37,
51; 14:2–31
7 aEx. 14:20
bDeut. 4:34
cJosh. 5:6
8 aNum.
9 aJudg. 11:25
bNum. 22:2–14
10 aDeut. 23:5
bNum. 23:11,
20; 24:10
11 aJosh. 3:14,
17 bJosh. 6:1;
12 aEx. 23:28
bPs. 44:3
13 aDeut. 6:10,
14 a1 Sam.
12:24 b2 Cor.
1:12 cEzek.
20:18 dEzek.
20:7, 8 1The
15 a1 Kin.
18:21 bJosh.
24:2 cEx.
23:24, 32
dGen. 18:19
18 aPs. 116:16
19 aMatt. 6:24
b1 Sam. 6:20
cEx. 20:5 dEx.
20 aEzra 8:22
bDeut. 4:24–26
22 aPs. 119:173
23 aGen. 35:2
b1 Kin. 8:57,
24 aDeut.
25 aEx. 15:25
bJosh. 24:1
1Lit. cut a
26 aDeut.
31:24 bJudg.
9:6 cGen.
28:18 dGen.

orites, but bnot with your sword or with your bow.
13 ‘I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and acities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.’
14 a“Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in bsincerity and in truth, and cput away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of 1the River and din Egypt. Serve the LORD!
15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, achoose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether bthe gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of 1the River, or cthe gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. dBut as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
16 So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods;
17 “for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed.
18 “And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. aWe also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.”
19 But Joshua said to the people, a“You cannot serve the LORD, for He is a bholy God. He is ca jealous God; dHe will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
20 a“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, bthen He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”
21 And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD!”
22 So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that ayou have chosen the LORD for yourselves, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!”
23 “Now therefore,” he said, a“put away the foreign gods which are among you, and bincline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.”
24 And the people asaid to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!”
25 So Joshua amade1 a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance bin Shechem.
26 Then Joshua awrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took ba large stone, and cset it up there dunder the oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.
27 And Joshua said to all the peo-

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ple, “Behold, this stone shall be aa witness to us, for bit has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke to us. It shall therefore be a witness to you, lest you deny your God.”
28 So aJoshua let the people depart, each to his own inheritance.

Death of Joshua and Eleazar

29 aNow it came to pass after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred and ten years old.
30 And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at aTimnath Serah, which is in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash.

27 aGen. 31:48
bDeut. 32:1
28 aJudg. 2:6, 7
29 aJudg. 2:8
30 aJosh. 19:50
31 aJudg. 2:7
bDeut. 11:2
32 aGen. 50:25
bGen. 33:19
1Heb. qesitah,
an unknown
ancient measure
of weight
33 aEx. 28:1
bEx. 6:25

31 aIsrael served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had bknown all the works of the LORD which He had done for Israel.
32 aThe bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had brought up out of Egypt, they buried at Shechem, in the plot of ground bwhich Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred 1pieces of silver, and which had become an inheritance of the children of Joseph.
33 And aEleazar the son of Aaron died. They buried him in a hill belonging to bPhinehas his son, which was given to him in the mountains of Ephraim.

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An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble

To the Chief Musician. Set to 1“The Lilies.” A Psalm of David.

1 SAVE me, O God! For athe waters have come up to my 1neck.
2 aI sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me.
3 aI am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; bMy eyes fail while I wait for my God.

4 Those who ahate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.

5 O God,You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You.
6 Let not those who 1wait for You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be 2confounded because of me, O God of Israel.
7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.
8 aI have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother’s children;
9 aBecause zeal for Your house has eaten me up, bAnd the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, That became my reproach.
11 I also 1made sackcloth my garment; I became a byword to them.
12 Those who 1sit in the gate speak against me, And I am the song of the adrunkards.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, Hear me in the truth of Your salvation.
14 Deliver me out of the mire, And let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, And out of the deep waters.
15 Let not the floodwater overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up; And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.

PSALM 69 References

title 1Heb.
1 aJob 22:11;
Jon. 2:5 1Lit.
2 aPs. 40:2
3 aPs. 6:6
bDeut. 28:32;
Ps. 119:82,
123; Is. 38:14
4 aPs. 35:19;
John 15:25
6 1Wait in
faith 2dishonored
8 aIs. 53:3;
Mark 3:21;
Luke 8:19;
John 7:3–5
9 aJohn 2:17
bRom. 15:3
11 1Symbolic
of sorrow
12 aJob 30:9
1Sit as judges
19 aPs. 22:6, 7;
Heb. 12:2
20 aIs. 63:5
bJob 16:2 1Lit.
21 aMatt.
27:34, 48;
Mark 15:23,
36; Luke
23:36; John
22 aRom. 11:9,
23 aIs. 6:9, 10
24 a[1 Thess.
2:16; Jer
10:25] 25 aMatt.
23:38; Luke
13:35; Acts
26 a[Is. 53:4;
1 Pet. 2:24] 27 aNeh. 4:5;
[Rom. 1:28] b[Is. 26:10] 28 a[Ex. 32:32];
Phil. 4:3; [Rev.
3:5; 13:8] bEzek. 13:9;
Luke 10:20;
Heb. 12:23
30 a[Ps. 28:7] 31 aPs. 50:13,
14, 23; 51:16
32 aPs. 34:2
bPs. 22:26
33 a[Ps. 68:6];
Eph. 3:1
34 aPs. 96:11;
Is. 44:23;
49:13 bIs.
35 aPs. 51:18;
Is. 44:26
36 aPs. 102:28
1Lit. seed

16 Hear me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in trouble; Hear me speedily.
18 Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; Deliver me because of my enemies.

19 You know amy reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You.
20 Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of 1heaviness; aI looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for bcomforters, but I found none.
21 They also gave me gall for my food, aAnd for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 aLet their table become a snare before them, And their well-being a trap.
23 aLet their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; And make their loins shake continually.
24 aPour out Your indignation upon them, And let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.
25 aLet their dwelling place be desolate; Let no one live in their tents.
26 For they persecute the ones aYou have struck, And talk of the grief of those You have wounded.
27 aAdd iniquity to their iniquity, bAnd let them not come into Your righteousness.
28 Let them abe blotted out of the book of the living, bAnd not be written with the righteous.

29 But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30 aI will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31 aThis also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves.
32 aThe humble shall see this and be glad; And you who seek God, byour hearts shall live.
33 For the LORD hears the poor, And does not despise aHis prisoners.

34 aLet heaven and earth praise Him, The seas band everything that moves in them.
35 aFor God will save Zion And build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it.
36 Also, athe 1descendants of His servants shall inherit it, And those who love His name shall dwell in it.




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