Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 14:8

Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God fully.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Caleb;   Hebron;   Obedience;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Anakim, the;   Decision;   Holy Land;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Anak;   Caleb;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Follow, Follower;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Caleb;   Debir;   Judah, Tribe of;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Caleb;   Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Joshua;   Moses;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Caleb;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Melt (and forms);   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Caleb;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Caleb;   Joshua (2);   Joshua, Book of;   Judah, Territory of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Judah, Tribe of;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Nevertheless, my brethren that went up with me,.... Meaning the rest of the spies, excepting Joshua, that went up with him into the land of Canaan to spy it, which they might be properly said to do, since they went up a hill or mountain, in order to go into it, Numbers 13:17,

made the heart of the people melt; discouraged them, filled them with fears, sunk their spirits, that their hearts flowed, and became as weak as water, having no strength left in them, or hope of possessing the land; being told what stout and gigantic men the inhabitants of it were, and how strongly fortified were their cities:

but I wholly followed the Lord my God; and did not join with them in an ill report of the good land; but having the fear of God before his eyes, walked after that, and delivered in his report faithfully, according to the dictates of his conscience, and the real sentiments of his mind; of this phrase; see Gill on Numbers 14:24.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-14.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Nevertheless my d brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.

(d) Which were the ten other spies.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-14.html. 1599-1645.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

Whereas the other spies discouraged the people by exaggerated reports concerning the inhabitants of Canaan, he had followed the Lord with perfect fidelity (Numbers 13:31-33). He had not been made to waver in his faithfulness to the Lord and His promises either by the evil reports which the other spies had brought of the land, or by the murmuring and threats of the excited crowd (see Numbers 14:6-10). “ My brethren ” (Joshua 14:8) are the rest of the spies, of course with the exception of Joshua, to whom Caleb was speaking.

(Note: That Joshua was not included was evident from this circumstance alone, and consequently it is a complete perversion on the part of Knobel to argue, that because the expression is a general one, i.e., because Joshua is not expressly excepted by name, therefore he cannot have been one of the spies, not to mention the fact that the words “concerning me and thee,” in v. 6, are sufficient to show to any one acquainted with the account in Num 13-14, that Joshua was really one of them.)

המסין for המסוּ (see Ges. §75, anm. 17, and Ewald, §142, a .), from מסה = מסס (see Joshua 2:11).

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/joshua-14.html. 1854-1889.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.

I wholly followed the Lord — Which self-commendation is justifiable, because it was necessary, as being the ground of his petition. Therefore it was not vain glory in him to speak it: no more than it is for those, who have God's spirit witnessing with their spirits, that they are the children of God, humbly and thankfully to tell others, for their encouragement, what God hath done for their souls.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-14.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 14:8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.

Ver. 8. But I wholly followed the Lord my God.] Heb., I fulfilled after the Lord. A metaphor taken from a ship under sail carried strongly with the wind, as if it feared neither rocks nor sands. Thus he commendeth himself, that none might tax him of injustice or ambition, for that which he was now about to require of Joshua.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-14.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 8. I wholly followed the Lord my God The Hebrew literally is, I filled after the Lord my God: Words, the energy of which is very well rendered in our version; they give the idea of a traveller, who, attentive to the following of his guide, so treads in his steps, as to leave hardly any void space betwixt his guide and him, and continually fills up the traces of his feet. See Poole's Synopsis.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/joshua-14.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Which self-commendation is justifiable, because it was necessary, as being the ground and foundation of his petition.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-14.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

8.My brethren — Words of tenderness for his long-remembered comrades.

Heart’ melt — In modern sense this would indicate compassion; in the ancient, fear.

Wholly followed the Lord my God — This phrase wholly followed is emphatically repeated from Jehovah’s own words, (Numbers 14:24; Deuteronomy 1:36,) here reiterated at Joshua 14:9 and at Joshua 14:14. This wholeness of his adherence to Jehovah is explained by his and Joshua’s loyal speech, given Numbers 14:6-10. There no treachery of their brethren the fellow-spies, no panic of their own, no fury of the people, could disturb the calmness of their witness for God. Then and there the sentence of death in the wilderness, passed upon the entire people, left them untouched. And of that eventful day these two Hebrew princes were now the sole living and speaking mementoes.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-14.html. 1874-1909.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
wholly
14; Numbers 14:24; Deuteronomy 1:36; Revelation 14:4
Reciprocal: Exodus 15:15 - melt;  Numbers 13:31 - GeneralNumbers 32:11 - because;  Numbers 32:12 - for;  Deuteronomy 1:28 - discouraged;  Joshua 2:11 - our hearts;  1 Kings 11:6 - went not fully after;  Psalm 7:1 - O;  Psalm 78:8 - whose;  Jeremiah 49:23 - fainthearted

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 14:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-14.html.