Joshua 24:23

23 He said, "Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel."

Joshua 24:23 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 24:23

Now therefore put away, [said he]
Which last words are rightly supplied, for they are the words of Joshua:

the strange gods which [are] among you;
not their private notions and secret sentiments that some of them had imbibed in favour of idols, and the worship of them, as Ben Gersom thinks; but, as the Targum expresses it,

``the idols of the Gentiles;''

either such as they had brought out of Egypt, or had found among the plunder of the Canaanites, and had secretly retained; or, as others think, their "penates", or household gods, they had privately kept and worshipped, such as those that were in Jacob's family, which he caused to be delivered to him, and which he hid under an oak in this place where Israel were now assembled, ( Genesis 35:2 Genesis 35:4 ) ; and which Joshua by a prophetic discerning spirit perceived were now among them:

and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel;
to love, fear, and serve him; that is, pray that your hearts may be inclined thereunto, and make use of all means that may tend to direct your hearts to him, and his service; so the Targum,

``to the worship of the Lord God of Israel.''

Joshua 24:23 In-Context

21 And the people said to Joshua, "No, we will serve the Lord!"
22 Then Joshua said to the people, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him." And they said, "We are witnesses."
23 He said, "Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel."
24 The people said to Joshua, "The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey."
25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.