Joshua 23:13

13 then you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the LORD your God has given you.

Joshua 23:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
ESV
13 know for certain that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you, but they shall be a snare and a trap for you, a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good ground that the LORD your God has given you.
NLT
13 then know for certain that the LORD your God will no longer drive them out of your land. Instead, they will be a snare and a trap to you, a whip for your backs and thorny brambles in your eyes, and you will vanish from this good land the LORD your God has given you.
MSG
13 know for certain that God, your God, will not get rid of these nations for you. They'll be nothing but trouble to you - horsewhips on your backs and sand in your eyes - until you're the ones who will be driven out of this good land that God, your God, has given you.
CSB
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 careful to love the LORD your God.
12 “But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them,
13 then you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the LORD your God has given you.
14 “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
15 But just as all the good things the LORD your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the LORD your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S ver 5
  • 2. S Exodus 10:7; Exodus 23:33
  • 3. S Numbers 33:55
  • 4. Deuteronomy 1:8; 1 Kings 9:7; 2 Kings 25:21