Joshua 24:16
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New International Version
Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods!

New Living Translation
The people replied, "We would never abandon the LORD and serve other gods.

English Standard Version
Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods,

New American Standard Bible
The people answered and said, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods;

King James Bible
And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The people replied, "We will certainly not abandon the LORD to worship other gods!

International Standard Version
In response, the people said, "Far be it from us that we should abandon the LORD to serve other gods,

NET Bible
The people responded, "Far be it from us to abandon the LORD so we can worship other gods!

New Heart English Bible
The people answered, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people responded, "It would be unthinkable for us to abandon the LORD to serve other gods.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the people answered and said: 'Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

New American Standard 1977
And the people answered and said, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the people answered and said, May it never happen that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods.

King James 2000 Bible
And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

American King James Version
And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

American Standard Version
And the people answered and said, Far be it from us that we should forsake Jehovah, to serve other gods;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people answered, and said: God forbid we should leave the Lord, and serve strange gods.

Darby Bible Translation
And the people answered and said, Far be it from us that we should forsake Jehovah, to serve other gods;

English Revised Version
And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

Webster's Bible Translation
And the people answered, and said, Be it far from us that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

World English Bible
The people answered, "Far be it from us that we should forsake Yahweh, to serve other gods;

Young's Literal Translation
And the people answer and say, 'Far be it from us to forsake Jehovah, to serve other gods;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
24:15-28 It is essential that the service of God's people be performed with a willing mind. For LOVE is the only genuine principle whence all acceptable service of God can spring. The Father seeks only such to worship him, as worship him in spirit and in truth. The carnal mind of man is enmity against God, therefore, is not capable of such spiritual worship. Hence the necessity of being born again. But numbers rest in mere forms, as tasks imposed upon them. Joshua puts them to their choice; but not as if it were indifferent whether they served God or not. Choose you whom ye will serve, now the matter is laid plainly before you. He resolves to do this, whatever others did. Those that are bound for heaven, must be willing to swim against the stream. They must not do as the most do, but as the best do. And no one can behave himself as he ought in any station, who does not deeply consider his religious duties in family relations. The Israelites agree with Joshua, being influenced by the example of a man who had been so great a blessing to them; We also will serve the Lord. See how much good great men do, by their influence, if zealous in religion. Joshua brings them to express full purpose of heart to cleave to the Lord. They must come off from all confidence in their own sufficiency, else their purposes would be in vain. The service of God being made their deliberate choice, Joshua binds them to it by a solemn covenant. He set up a monument of it. In this affecting manner Joshua took his last leave of them; if they perished, their blood would be upon their own heads. Though the house of God, the Lord's table, and even the walls and trees before which we have uttered our solemn purposes of serving him, would bear witness against us if we deny him, yet we may trust in him, that he will put his fear into our hearts, that we shall not depart from him. God alone can give grace, yet he blesses our endeavours to engage men to his service.
Study Bible
Choose Whom You will Serve
15"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." 16The people answered and said, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; 17for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed.…
Cross References
Joshua 24:15
"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:17
for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed.
Treasury of Scripture

And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD …

Romans 3:6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

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

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