16 The eyes of the Lord are on the just, and his ears are with their prayers.
17 But the countenance of the Lord is upon those who do evil, to perish the remembrance of them from the earth.
18 The just cried out, and the Lord heard them, and he freed them from all their tribulations.
19 The Lord is near to those who are troubled in heart, and he will save the humble in spirit.
20 Many are the afflictions of the just, but from them all the Lord will free them.
21 The Lord preserves all of their bones, not one of them shall be broken.
Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b
1 And Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem, and he called those greater by birth, and the leaders and judges and teachers. And they stood in the sight of the Lord.
2 And he spoke to the people in this way: "Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel:
15 But if it seems evil to you that you would serve the Lord, a choice is given to you. Choose today what pleases you, and whom you ought to serve above all else, either the gods that your fathers served in Mesopotamia, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
16 And the people responded, and they said: "Far be it from us that we would forsake the Lord, and serve foreign gods.
17 The Lord our God himself led us and our fathers away from the land of Egypt, from the house of servitude. And he accomplished immense signs in our sight, and he preserved us along the entire way by which we journeyed, and among all the people through whom we passed.
18b And so, we will serve the Lord, for he is our God."
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