Joshua 23:6-11

6 “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.
7 Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them.
8 But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now.
9 “The LORD has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you.
10 One of you routs a thousand, because the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised.
11 So be very careful to love the LORD your God.

Joshua 23:6-11 Meaning and Commentary


Joshua being old, convenes the states of Israel a little before his death, Jos 23:1,2; and in his address to them observes what God had done for them, and would do, Jos 23:3-5; and exhorts them to keep the commandments of God, and cleave to him, and not to mix with the Gentiles, and join with them in idolatrous practices, and then it would be well with them, Jos 23:6-11; but otherwise should they join with them, and depart from the Lord, who had so faithfully and punctually performed every good thing he had promised them, they might expect all evils and calamities, utter ruin and destruction, to befall them, Jos 23:12-16.

Cross References 12

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 28:61
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 17:20
  • 3. Deuteronomy 5:32; Joshua 1:7
  • 4. Exodus 23:13; Psalms 16:4; Jeremiah 5:7; Jeremiah 12:16
  • 5. S Exodus 20:5
  • 6. S Deuteronomy 10:20
  • 7. Deuteronomy 11:23
  • 8. Deuteronomy 7:24
  • 9. Leviticus 26:8; Judges 3:31
  • 10. S Exodus 14:14; Deuteronomy 3:22
  • 11. S Deuteronomy 4:15
  • 12. Joshua 22:5
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