Joshua 24:20
New International Version
If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you."

New Living Translation
If you abandon the LORD and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you."

English Standard Version
If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.”

Berean Study Bible
If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and consume you, even after He has been good to you.”

New American Standard Bible
"If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you."

King James Bible
If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

Christian Standard Bible
If you abandon the LORD and worship foreign gods, he will turn against you, harm you, and completely destroy you, after he has been good to you."

Contemporary English Version
If you turn your backs on the LORD and worship the gods of other nations, the LORD will turn against you. He will make terrible things happen to you and wipe you out, even though he had been good to you before.

Good News Translation
and if you leave him to serve foreign gods, he will turn against you and punish you. He will destroy you, even though he was good to you before."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you abandon the LORD and worship foreign gods, He will turn against you, harm you, and completely destroy you, after He has been good to you.""

International Standard Version
If you abandon the LORD and serve foreign deities, then he will turn and do you harm, consuming you after all the good he has done for you."

NET Bible
If you abandon the LORD and worship foreign gods, he will turn against you; he will bring disaster on you and destroy you, though he once treated you well."

New Heart English Bible
If you forsake the LORD, and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after he has done you good."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you abandon the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you. He will destroy you, although he has been so good to you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then He will turn and do you evil, and consume you, after that He hath done you good.'

New American Standard 1977
“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
If ye forsake the LORD and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt and consume you, after he has done you good.

King James 2000 Bible
If you forsake the LORD, and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after that he has done you good.

American King James Version
If you forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he has done you good.

American Standard Version
If ye forsake Jehovah, and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you evil, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Whensoever ye shall forsake the Lord and serve other gods, then he shall come upon you and afflict you, and consume you, because he has done you good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If you leave the Lord, and serve strange gods, he will turn, and will afflict you, and will destroy you after all the good he hath done you.

Darby Bible Translation
If ye forsake Jehovah, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

English Revised Version
If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you evil, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

Webster's Bible Translation
If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

World English Bible
If you forsake Yahweh, and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you evil, and consume you, after he has done you good."

Young's Literal Translation
When ye forsake Jehovah, and have served gods of a stranger, then He hath turned back and done evil to you, and consumed you, after that He hath done good to you.'
Study Bible
Choose Whom You will Serve
19But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your rebellion or your sins. 20If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and consume you, even after He has been good to you.” 21“No!” replied the people. “We will serve the LORD!”…
Cross References
Acts 7:42
But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the heavenly bodies, as it is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you offer Me slain beasts and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?

Deuteronomy 4:25
After you have children and grandchildren and you have been in the land a long time, if you then act corruptly and make an idol in the form of anything, doing evil in the sight of the LORD your God and provoking Him to anger,

Deuteronomy 4:26
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You will not live long upon it, but will be utterly destroyed.

Joshua 24:21
"No!" replied the people. "We will serve the LORD!"

1 Samuel 12:15
But if you disobey the LORD and rebel against His command, then the hand of the LORD will be against you as it was against your fathers.

1 Samuel 12:25
But if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will be swept away."

Treasury of Scripture

If you forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he has done you good.

he will turn

Joshua 23:12-15
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: …

1 Chronicles 28:9
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

2 Chronicles 15:2
And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.







Lexicon
If
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you forsake
תַֽעַזְבוּ֙ (ṯa·‘az·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

the LORD
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

and serve
וַעֲבַדְתֶּ֖ם (wa·‘ă·ḇaḏ·tem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

foreign
נֵכָ֑ר (nê·ḵār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5236: That which is foreign, foreignness

gods,
אֱלֹהֵ֣י (’ĕ·lō·hê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

He will turn
וְשָׁ֨ב (wə·šāḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

and bring disaster
וְהֵרַ֤ע (wə·hê·ra‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7489: To spoil, to make, good for, nothing, bad

on you
לָכֶם֙ (lā·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

and consume
וְכִלָּ֣ה (wə·ḵil·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3615: To be complete, at an end, finished, accomplished, or spent

you,
אֶתְכֶ֔ם (’eṯ·ḵem)
Direct object marker | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

even after
אַחֲרֵ֖י (’a·ḥă·rê)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 310: The hind or following part

He has been good
הֵיטִ֥יב (hê·ṭîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

to you.”
לָכֶֽם׃ (lā·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew
Verse 20. - Then he will turn. There is no contradiction between this passage and James 1:17, any more than our expression, the sun is in the east or in the west, conflicts with science. St. James is speaking of God as He is in Himself, sublime in His unchangeableness and bountiful purposes towards mankind. Joshua and the prophets, speaking by way of accommodation to our imperfect modes of expression, speak of Him as He is in relation to us. In reality it is not He but we who change. He has no more altered His position than the sun, which, as we say, rises in the east and sets in the west. But as He is in eternal opposition to all that is false or evil, we, when we turn aside from what is good and true, must of necessity exchange His favour for His displeasure. Do you hurt. Literally, do evil to you. After that he hath done you good. This implies what has been before stated, that it is not God who is inconsistent but man, not God who has changed His mind, but man who has changed his. 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.
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