Chapter 24 of the Book Of Josue
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21 And the people said to Josue: No, it shall not be so as thou sayest, but we will serve the Lord. 22 And Josue said to the people: You are witnesses, that you yourselves have chosen you the Lord to serve him. And they answered: We are witnesses. 23 Now therefore, said he, put away strange gods from among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord the God of Israel. 24 And the people said to Josue: We will serve the Lord our God, and we will be obedient to his commandments. 25 Josue therefore on that day made a covenant, and set before the people commandments and judgments in Sichem.
26 And he wrote all these things in the volume of the law of the Lord: and he took a great stone, and set it under the oak that was in the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 And he said to all the people: Behold this stone shall be a testimony unto you, that it hath heard all the words of the Lord, which he hath spoken to you: lest perhaps hereafter you will deny it, and lie to the Lord your God. 28 And he sent the people away every one to their own possession. 29 And after these things Josue the son of Null the servant of the Lord died, being a hundred and ten years old: 30 And they buried him in the border of his possession in Thamnathsare, which is situate in mount Ephraim, on the north side of mount Gaas.
27 "It hath heard"... This is a figure of speech, by which sensation is attributed to inanimate things; and they are called upon, as it were, to bear witness in favour of the great Creator, whom they on their part constantly obey.
29 "And after"... If Josue wrote this book, as is commonly believed, these last verses were added by Samuel, or some other prophet.
31 And Israel served the Lord all the days of Josue, and of the ancients that lived a long time after Josue, and that had known all the works of the Lord which he had done in Israel. 32 And the bones of Joseph which the children of Israel had taken out of Egypt, they buried in Sichem, in that part of the field which Jacob had bought of the sons of Hemor the father of Sichem, for a hundred young ewes, and it was in the possession of the sons of Joseph. 33 Eleazar also the son of Aaron died: and they buried him in Gabaath that belongeth to Phinees his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.