Joshua 24:24
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New International Version
And the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and obey him."

New Living Translation
The people said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God. We will obey him alone."

English Standard Version
And the people said to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.”

New American Standard Bible
The people said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice."

King James Bible
And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the people said to Joshua, "We will worship the LORD our God and obey Him."

International Standard Version
The people replied, "We will serve the LORD our God and obey his voice."

NET Bible
The people said to Joshua, "We will worship the LORD our God and obey him."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people replied to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and obey him."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the people replied unto Joshua, We will serve the LORD our God and hear his voice.

King James 2000 Bible
And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

American King James Version
And the people said to Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

American Standard Version
And the people said unto Joshua, Jehovah our God will we serve, and unto his voice will we hearken.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people said to Josue: We will serve the Lord our God, and we will be obedient to his commandments.

Darby Bible Translation
And the people said unto Joshua, Jehovah our God will we serve, and to his voice will we hearken.

English Revised Version
And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and unto his voice will we hearken.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the people said to Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

World English Bible
The people said to Joshua, "We will serve Yahweh our God, and we will listen to his voice."

Young's Literal Translation
And the people say unto Joshua, 'Jehovah our God we serve, and to His voice we hearken.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - And the people said unto Joshua. The triple repetition of the promise adds to the solemnity of the occasion and the binding force of the engagement.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the people said unto Joshua,.... A third time, that as by the mouth of two or three witnesses everything is confirmed, so by three testimonies of the same persons:

the Lord our God will we serve; as they had before declared, and to which they add:

and his voice will we obey; or his word, as the Targum, not only his word of command, but his essential Word, the Son of God.



Joshua 24:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Choose Whom You will Serve
23"Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel." 24The people said to Joshua, "We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice." 25So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.…
Cross References
Exodus 19:8
The people all responded together, "We will do everything the LORD has said." So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD.

Exodus 24:3
When Moses went and told the people all the LORD's words and laws, they responded with one voice, "Everything the LORD has said we will do."

Exodus 24:7
Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, "We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey."

Deuteronomy 5:27
Go near and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us whatever the LORD our God tells you. We will listen and obey."

Jeremiah 42:6
Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the LORD our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the LORD our God."
Treasury of Scripture

And the people said to Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

Deuteronomy 5:28,29 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when you spoke to me; …

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