Joshua gives his final speech to the nation along with a challenge the people to serve God without turning to surrounding customs, the people pledge allegiance. Joshua dies, is buried, as Joseph’s bones also buried.
In this first of two farewell speeches, Joshua encourages the leaders to be courageous and cleave to Yahweh. He warns them against familiarity with pagans gods, and mixed marriages, “or else” he warns.
Joshua dismisses the warriors of the Transjordan tribes. As they returned to the land given them by Moses, intending to preserve tribal unity in the future, a memorial alter was built, nearly leading to civil war.
Six cities, known as cities of refuge, are chosen for any who accidentally kill another person. Fleeing there would protect them from vengeance of family members. Also, the Levites received land amongst the tribes.
There remained seven tribes which had yet to receive their allotted lands. Joshua sends out surveyors to set boundaries for the Lord to assign. But the enemies remain amongst the people. Joshua receives his share.