Joshua 23:8
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New International Version
But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now.

New Living Translation
Rather, cling tightly to the LORD your God as you have done until now.

English Standard Version
but you shall cling to the LORD your God just as you have done to this day.

New American Standard Bible
"But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.

King James Bible
But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, remain faithful to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day."

International Standard Version
Instead, you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done today,

NET Bible
But you must be loyal to the LORD your God, as you have been to this very day.

New Heart English Bible
but hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But you must be loyal to the LORD your God, as you have been until now.

JPS Tanakh 1917
but cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day;

New American Standard 1977
“But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

King James 2000 Bible
But cleave unto the LORD your God, as you have done unto this day.

American King James Version
But hold to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.

American Standard Version
but cleave unto Jehovah your God, as ye have done unto this day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But cleave ye unto the Lord your God: as you have done until this day.

Darby Bible Translation
but ye shall cleave unto Jehovah your God, as ye have done unto this day.

English Revised Version
but cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

Webster's Bible Translation
But cleave to the LORD your God, as ye have done to this day.

World English Bible
but hold fast to Yahweh your God, as you have done to this day.

Young's Literal Translation
but to Jehovah your God ye do cleave, as ye have done till this day.
Study Bible
Joshua's Charge to Leaders
7so that you will not associate with these nations, these which remain among you, or mention the name of their gods, or make anyone swear by them, or serve them, or bow down to them. 8"But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day. 9"For the LORD has driven out great and strong nations from before you; and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.…
Cross References
Joshua 23:7
so that you will not associate with these nations, these which remain among you, or mention the name of their gods, or make anyone swear by them, or serve them, or bow down to them.

Joshua 23:9
"For the LORD has driven out great and strong nations from before you; and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.

2 Kings 18:6
For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.
Treasury of Scripture

But hold to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.

or, For if ye will cleave, etc.

Joshua 22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses …

Deuteronomy 4:4 But you that did join to the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

Deuteronomy 10:20 You shall fear the LORD your God; him shall you serve, and to him …

Deuteronomy 11:22 For if you shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command …

Deuteronomy 13:4 You shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

Verse 8. - But cleave unto the Lord your God. Or, ye shall cleave unto Jehovah your God. The phrase denotes the intimate union between God and the soul (see above, and Genesis 2:24). But cleave unto the Lord your God,.... To his word, worship, and ordinances; externally, by close adherence to them, and strict observation of them; and internally, by strong affection to him, hope, trust, and confidence in him, expectation of all good things from him, and constant application to him for help in all times of need, and a fixed dependence on him:

as ye have done unto this day; that is, since they came into the land of Canaan, and had been under the government of Joshua; for otherwise, while in the wilderness, they frequently revolted from God, and murmured against him; and this is to be understood not of individuals, who doubtless were guilty of various failings and sins, but of the whole body, and with respect to any notorious offence, particularly idolatry, which they had not fallen into since they came into the land of Canaan, and had very lately shown great zeal against it; not only the tribes on this side, but those on the other side Jordan, as the preceding chapter largely relates. 23:1-10 Joshua was old and dying, let them observe what he said now. He put them in mind of the great things God had done for them in his days. He exhorted them to be very courageous. Keep with care, do with diligence, and regard with sincerity what is written. Also, very cautiously to endeavour that the heathen idolatry may be forgotten, so that it may never be revived. It is sad that among Christians the names of the heathen gods are so commonly used, and made so familiar as they are. Joshua exhorts them to be very constant. There might be many things amiss among them, but they had not forsaken the Lord their God; the way to make people better, is to make the best of them.
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