Joshua 24:21
New International Version
But the people said to Joshua, "No! We will serve the LORD."

New Living Translation
But the people answered Joshua, "No, we will serve the LORD!"

English Standard Version
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

Berean Study Bible
“No!” replied the people. “We will serve the LORD!”

New American Standard Bible
The people said to Joshua, "No, but we will serve the LORD."

King James Bible
And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
"No!" the people answered Joshua. "We will worship the LORD."

Contemporary English Version
But the people shouted, "We won't worship any other gods. We will worship and obey only the LORD!"

Good News Translation
The people said to Joshua, "No! We will serve the LORD."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No!" the people answered Joshua. "We will worship the LORD."

International Standard Version
"No," the people replied to Joshua. "We will serve the LORD."

NET Bible
The people said to Joshua, "No! We really will worship the LORD!"

New Heart English Bible
The people said to Joshua, "No; but we will serve the LORD."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people answered Joshua, "No! We will [only] serve the LORD!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the people said unto Joshua: 'Nay; but we will serve the LORD.'

New American Standard 1977
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the people said unto Joshua, No, but we will serve the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

American King James Version
And the people said to Joshua, No; but we will serve the LORD.

American Standard Version
And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve Jehovah.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the people said to Joshua, Nay, but we will serve the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people said to Josue: No, it shall not be so as thou sayest, but we will serve the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And the people said to Joshua, No; but we will serve Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the people said to Joshua, No; but we will serve the LORD.

World English Bible
The people said to Joshua, "No; but we will serve Yahweh."

Young's Literal Translation
And the people saith unto Joshua, 'No, but Jehovah we do serve.'
Study Bible
Choose Whom You will Serve
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!” 22Then Joshua told them, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD.” “We are witnesses!” they said.…
Cross References
Joshua 24:20
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."

Joshua 24:22
Then Joshua told them, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD." "We are witnesses!" they said.

Treasury of Scripture

And the people said to Joshua, No; but we will serve the LORD.

Nay

Exodus 19:8
And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Exodus 20:19
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Exodus 24:3,7
And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do…







Lexicon
“No!”
לֹ֕א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

replied
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

the people.
הָעָ֖ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

“We will serve
נַעֲבֹֽד׃ (na·‘ă·ḇōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

the LORD!”
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(21) Nay; but we will serve the Lord.--Being brought to the point, no other answer was possible. If they must give up Jehovah or the idols, the idols must go first.

(22,23) Ye are witnesses . . . that ye have chosen you the Lord . . . Now therefore put away . . . the strange gods.--This was the practical conclusion to which Joshua desired that they should come. But we do not read that they did anything in obedience to these words. We read of no images being buried or burned, as in the days of Jacob by David (Genesis 35:4; 2Samuel 5:21). There is only a verbal promise: "The Lord our God will we serve, and His voice will we obey."

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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