Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 23:10

One of your men puts to flight a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, just as He promised you.
New American Standard Version

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Adam Clarke Commentary

One man of you shall chase a thousand - Do not remain inactive on the supposition that you must be much more numerous before you can drive out your enemies, for it is the Lord that shall drive out nations great and strong; and under his direction and influence one of you shall chase a thousand.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-23.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

One man of you shall chase a thousand,.... Here Kimchi and Ben Melech observe, that the future tense is put for the past, and that the sense is, one of them had chased a thousand in their war with the Canaanites; but Abarbinel disapproves of this observation, and thinks it refers to time to come, what they should be able to do if they cleaved unto the Lord; this was fulfilled in Samson, Judges 15:15; such a promise was made, Leviticus 26:8,

for the Lord your God he it is that fighteth for you; and no wonder then that a thousand should be put to flight by one man; the Targum interprets it of the Word of the Lord, as in Joshua 23:3,

as he hath promised you; see Deuteronomy 1:30.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-23.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

He fighteth — Impute not this therefore to your own valour, as you will be apt to do, but to God's gracious and powerful assistance.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-23.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 23:10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he [it is] that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

Ver. 10. He it is that fighteth for you.] He who alone is a whole army of men, van and rear, both. [Isaiah 52:12] He who "strengtheneth" and weakeneth "the arm" of either party, [Ezekiel 30:24] and rendereth their weapons vain or prosperous. [Isaiah 54:17]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-23.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He it is that fighteth for you; impute not this therefore to your own valour, as you will be apt to do, but to God’s gracious and powerful assistance.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-23.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10.One shall chase a thousand — An enlargement of the promise in Leviticus 26:8, and nearly identical with Deuteronomy 32:30, signifying that a few shall vanquish a great multitude. See the night attack of Gideon. Judges 7:22. Also the acts of David’s worthies, one of whom lifted his spear against eight hundred and slew three hundred. 2 Samuel 23:8; 2 Samuel 23:18; 1 Chronicles 11:11.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-23.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

One man of you will chase a thousand, for YHWH your God, he it is who fights for you, as he spoke to you.’

This picturesque phrase cited from Deuteronomy 32:30 means simply that only one of them would be needed to fight a battle unit (a ‘thousand’, an eleph), because YHWH would be there with him fighting for him (compare Deuteronomy 1:30). It is the language of exaggeration to bring home a point (compare Leviticus 26:8), saying that when they had YHWH with them every man was worth a battle unit, although Samson for one achieved it (Judges 15:8; Judges 15:15; Judges 16:30. Compare also 1 Samuel 14:12-17).

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-23.html. 2013.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Thousand. This Moses had repeatedly foretold, Leviticus xxvi. 13., and Deuteronomy xxviii. 7.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-23.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

for. The Hebrew accent (Legarmeh) puts the pause or emphasis on this word, as calling attention to the basis of all blessing and success.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-23.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(10) One man of you shall chase a thousand.—See Deuteronomy 28:7.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-23.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
One man
Leviticus 26:8; Deuteronomy 32:30; Judges 3:31; 7:19-22; 15:15; 1 Samuel 14:6,12-16; 2 Samuel 23:8
Lord
10:42; Exodus 14:14; 23:27-33; Deuteronomy 3:22; 20:4; Psalms 35:1; 44:4,5; 46:7; Romans 8:31
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 14:13 - fell;  1 Chronicles 5:22 - the war was of God;  Nehemiah 4:20 - our God;  Psalm 44:7 - But;  Isaiah 30:17 - thousand

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 23:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-23.html.