Joshua 23:12
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New International Version
"But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them,

New Living Translation
"But if you turn away from him and cling to the customs of the survivors of these nations remaining among you, and if you intermarry with them,

English Standard Version
For if you turn back and cling to the remnant of these nations remaining among you and make marriages with them, so that you associate with them and they with you,

New American Standard Bible
"For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you,

King James Bible
Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if you turn away and cling to the rest of these nations remaining among you, and if you intermarry or associate with them and they with you,

International Standard Version
because if you ever turn back and cling to those who remain of these nations by intermarrying with them and associating one with another,

NET Bible
But if you ever turn away and make alliances with these nations that remain near you, and intermarry with them and establish friendly relations with them,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But if you turn away and go along with the other nations within your [borders], if you intermarry with them or associate with them,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you;

New American Standard 1977
“For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because if ye do in any wise go back and cleave unto the remnant of these Gentiles that remain among you and shall make marriages with them and go in unto them and they to you,

King James 2000 Bible
Else if you do in any way go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

American King James Version
Else if you do in any wise go back, and join to the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in to them, and they to you:

American Standard Version
Else if ye do at all go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if you will embrace the errors of these nations that dwell among you, and make marriages with them, and join friendships:

Darby Bible Translation
For if ye in any wise go back, and cleave unto the residue of these nations, these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and come in unto them and they unto you:

English Revised Version
Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

Webster's Bible Translation
Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave to the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and associate with them, and they with you:

World English Bible
"But if you do at all go back, and hold fast to the remnant of these nations, even these who remain among you, and make marriages with them, and go in to them, and they to you;

Young's Literal Translation
'But -- if ye at all turn back and have cleaved to the remnant of these nations, these who are left with you, and intermarried with them, and gone in to them, and they to you,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
23:11-16 Would we cleave to the Lord, we must always stand upon our guard, for many a soul is lost through carelessness. Love the Lord your God, and you will not leave him. Has God been thus true to you? Be not you false to him. He is faithful that has promised, Heb 10:23. The experience of every Christian witnesses the same truth. Conflicts may have been severe and long, trials great and many; but at the last he will acknowledge that goodness and mercy followed him all the days of his life. Joshua states the fatal consequences of going back; know for a certainty it will be your ruin. The first step would be, friendship with idolaters; the next would be, marrying with them; the end of that would be, serving their gods. Thus the way of sin is down-hill, and those who have fellowship with sinners, cannot avoid having fellowship with sin. He describes the destruction he warns them of. The goodness of the heavenly Canaan, and the free and sure grant God has made of it, will add to the misery of those who shall for ever be shut out from it. Nothing will make them see how wretched they are, so much, as to see how happy they might have been. Let us watch and pray against temptation. Let us trust in God's faithfulness, love, and power; let us plead his promises, and cleave to his commandments, then we shall be happy in life, in death, and for ever.
Study Bible
Joshua's Charge to Leaders
11"So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God. 12"For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, 13know with certainty that the LORD your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:15
otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice,

Exodus 34:16
and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods.

Deuteronomy 7:3
"Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.

Deuteronomy 7:4
"For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you.

Joshua 23:11
"So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God.

Judges 3:6
and they took their daughters for themselves as wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

Ezra 9:2
"For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness."

Nehemiah 13:25
So I contended with them and cursed them and struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, "You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take of their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.

Psalm 106:34
They did not destroy the peoples, As the LORD commanded them,

Psalm 106:35
But they mingled with the nations And learned their practices,
Treasury of Scripture

Else if you do in any wise go back, and join to the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in to them, and they to you:

go back

Psalm 36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to …

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead …

Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, …

Ezekiel 18:24 But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits …

Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have …

Matthew 12:45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked …

John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

2 Peter 2:18-22 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

1 John 2:9 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness …

cleave

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall …

Genesis 34:3 And his soul joined to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved …

1 Samuel 18:1-3 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, …

1 Kings 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said to the children of …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

shall make

Exodus 34:12-16 Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants …

Deuteronomy 7:3 Neither shall you make marriages with them; your daughter you shall …

1 Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned …

Ezra 9:1,2,11,12 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, …

Nehemiah 13:23-26 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of …

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

2 Corinthians 6:15-17 And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that …

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