Joshua 24:25
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New International Version
On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws.

New Living Translation
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day at Shechem, committing them to follow the decrees and regulations of the LORD.

English Standard Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place statutes and rules for them at Shechem.

New American Standard Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

King James Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people at Shechem and established a statute and ordinance for them.

International Standard Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, making statutes and ordinances in Shechem.

NET Bible
That day Joshua drew up an agreement for the people, and he established rules and regulations for them in Shechem.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That day Joshua made an agreement for the people and set up laws and rules for them at Shechem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and set them statutes and laws in Shechem.

King James 2000 Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

American King James Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

American Standard Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Josue therefore on that day made a covenant, and set before the people commandments and judgments in Sichem.

Darby Bible Translation
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

English Revised Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Webster's Bible Translation
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

World English Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joshua maketh a covenant with the people on that day, and layeth on it a statute and an ordinance, in Shechem.
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 25. - So Joshua made a covenant. Literally, cut a covenant, a phrase common to the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin tongues, and derived from the custom of sacrifice, in which the victims were cut in pieces and offered to the deity invoked in ratification of the engagement. The word used for covenant, berith, is derived from another word having the same meaning. This appears more probable than the suggestion of some, that the berith is derived from the practice of ratifying an agreement by a social meal. And set them a statute and ordinance. Or, appointed them a statute and a judgment. The word translated "statute" is derived from the same root as our word hack, signifying to cut, and hence to engrave in indelible characters. The practice of engraving inscriptions, proclamations, and the like, on tablets was extremely common in the East. We have instances of it in the two tables of the law, and in the copy of the law engraven in stones on Mount Ebal. The Moabite stone is another instance. And the Egyptian, Assyrian, and Babylonian monarchs seem to have written much of their history in this way (see note on Joshua 8:32). The word rendered "ordinance" is far more frequently rendered "judgment" in our version, and seems to have the original signification of a thing set upright, as a pillar on a secure foundation. In Shechem (see note on ver. 1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day,.... Proposing to them what was most eligible, and their duty to do, and they agreeing to it, this formally constituted a covenant, of which they selves were both parties and witnesses:

and set statute and an ordinance in Shechem; either made this covenant to have the nature of a statute and ordinance binding upon them, or repeated and renewed the laws of Moses, both moral and ceremonial, which had been delivered at Mount Sinai, and now, upon this repetition in Shechem, might be called a statute and ordinance there.



Joshua 24:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Choose Whom You will Serve
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. 26And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:25
Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the LORD issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.

Exodus 24:8
Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, "This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."

2 Kings 11:17
Jehoiada then made a covenant between the LORD and the king and people that they would be the LORD's people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people.
Treasury of Scripture

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

made

Exodus 15:25 And he cried to the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when …

Exodus 24:3,7,8 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and …

Deuteronomy 5:2,3 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb…

Deuteronomy 29:1,10-15 These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses …

2 Kings 11:17 And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the …

2 Chronicles 15:12,15 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers …

2 Chronicles 23:16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, …

2 Chronicles 29:10 Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, …

2 Chronicles 34:29-32 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah …

Nehemiah 9:38 And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and …

Nehemiah 10:28,29 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, …

in Shechem

Joshua 24:1,26 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called …

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