15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you,
then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,
whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.
But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us
to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!
17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us
and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery,
and performed those great signs before our eyes.
He protected us on our entire journey and among
all the nations through which we traveled.
18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including
the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will
serve the Lord, because he is our God.”