If it seems evil to you to serve Yahweh, choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh."
But you do see trouble and grief. You consider it to take it into your hand. You help the victim and the fatherless.
Behold, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil;
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed;
I have chosen the way of truth. I have set your ordinances before me.
Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
Let us choose for us that which is right. Let us know among ourselves what is good.
Shall his recompense be as you desire, that you refuse it? For you must choose, and not I. Therefore speak what you know.
What man is he who fears Yahweh? He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose.
Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer,
accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Yahweh is near, in the valley of decision.