Joshua 22:24
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New International Version
"No! We did it for fear that some day your descendants might say to ours, 'What do you have to do with the LORD, the God of Israel?

King James Bible
And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing, saying, In time to come your children might speak unto our children, saying, What have ye to do with the LORD God of Israel?

Darby Bible Translation
and if we have not done it from fear of this thing, saying, In future your children will speak to our children, saying, What have ye to do with Jehovah the God of Israel?

World English Bible
"If we have not out of concern done this, and for a reason, saying, 'In time to come your children might speak to our children, saying, "What have you to do with Yahweh, the God of Israel?

Young's Literal Translation
And if not, from fear of this thing we have done it, saying, Hereafter your sons do speak to ours sons, saying, What to you and to Jehovah God of Israel?

Joshua 22:24 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For fear of this thing - The motive that actuated us was directly the reverse of that of which we have been suspected.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

for fear

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD...

In time to come [heb] To-morrow

Joshua 4:6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean you by these stones?

Genesis 30:33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before your face...

Exodus 13:14 And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What is this? that you shall say to him...

Deuteronomy 6:20 And when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments...

Library
Jews and Gentiles in "The Land"
Coming down from Syria, it would have been difficult to fix the exact spot where, in the view of the Rabbis, "the land" itself began. The boundary lines, though mentioned in four different documents, are not marked in anything like geographical order, but as ritual questions connected with them came up for theological discussion. For, to the Rabbis the precise limits of Palestine were chiefly interesting so far as they affected the religious obligations or privileges of a district. And in this respect
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

And thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, too little to be among the thousands of Judah
"And thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, too little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall come forth unto Me (one) [Pg 480] to be Ruler in Israel; and His goings forth are the times of old, the days of eternity." The close connection of this verse with what immediately precedes (Caspari is wrong in considering iv. 9-14 as an episode) is evident, not only from the [Hebrew: v] copulative, and from the analogy of the near relation of the announcement of salvation to the prophecy of disaster
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

Cross References
Joshua 22:23
If we have built our own altar to turn away from the LORD and to offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, or to sacrifice fellowship offerings on it, may the LORD himself call us to account.

Joshua 22:25
The LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you--you Reubenites and Gadites! You have no share in the LORD.' So your descendants might cause ours to stop fearing the LORD.

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