Joshua 23:13

13 know for certain that the Lord your God will not continue to drive these nations out before you. They will become a snare and a trap for you, a scourge for your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you disappear from this good land the Lord your God has given you.

Joshua 23:13 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 23:13

Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more
drive out [any] of these nations from before you
Or, "knowing ye shall know" F18; or "know ye"; this may be taken for granted, or the fullest proof, and clearest demonstration, and strongest assurance will be given of it, that in case of such bad conduct, and disobedience to the will of God, no more of the nations of the Canaanites will be driven out of the cities in which they are:

but they shall be snares and traps unto you;
who by their bad examples would draw them both to idolatry and superstitious worship, and into all irreligion, profaneness, and immorality, as they did, ( Psalms 106:35-39 ) ;

and scourges in your sides;
who either, by ensnaring them, would get an advantage over them, and distress them in their persons, families, and estates; or would be the means of the Lord's correcting and chastising them with the rod and stripes of men, for the iniquities these would draw them into; the allusion is to scourges and lashes laid on the sides of men, or to goads with which beasts are pushed on their sides and driven:

and thorns in your eyes;
very troublesome and distressing; for even a mote in the eye is very afflicting: and much more a thorn; (See Gill on Numbers 33:55). Jarchi interprets this word by camps surrounding them, as shields do the bodies of men, and which is approved of by Gussetius F19:

until ye perish from off this good land, which the Lord your God hath
given you;
by sword, famine, pestilence, or captivity, which has been their case.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (wedt ewdy) "sciendo scietis", Montanus; "sciendo scitote", Pagninus, Vatablus.
F19 Comment. Ebr. p. 717.

Joshua 23:13 In-Context

11 So be very diligent to love the Lord your God for your own well-being.
12 For if you turn away and cling to the rest of these nations remaining among you, and if you intermarry or associate with them and they with you,
13 know for certain that the Lord your God will not continue to drive these nations out before you. They will become a snare and a trap for you, a scourge for your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you disappear from this good land the Lord your God has given you.
14 "I am now going the way of all the earth, and you know with all your heart and all your soul that none of the good promises the Lord your God made to you has failed. Everything was fulfilled for you; not one promise has failed
15 Since every good thing the Lord your God promised you has come about, so He will bring on you every bad thing until He has annihilated you from this good land the Lord your God has given you.