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Joshua 23:11

So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the Lord your God.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Company;   Duty;   Fear of God;   Love;   Watchfulness;   The Topic Concordance - Enemies;   Love;   Marriage;   Snares;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Will;   Holman Bible Dictionary - God;   Joshua, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Good;   Heed;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Take good heed - unto yourselves that ye love the Lord - לנפשתיכם lenaphshotheychem, Take heed To Your Souls, literally; but נפש nephesh and nefs, both in Hebrew and Arabic, signify the whole self, as well as soul and life; both soul and body must be joined in this work, for it is written, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind, and strength.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 23:11". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-23.html. 1832.

The Biblical Illustrator

Joshua 23:11

Take good heed therefore unto yourselves.

The Christian warfare

The Christian life is a warfare, and there are several common mistakes made thereupon. For example--

I. When it is supposed that the enemies to be fought against are all external foes. This is a very prevalent error. Where conversion is believed to be always a sudden change, and not a matter of growth, there converts are cautioned against dangers that lie without, while left in ignorance of the greater dangers that are still within. There are external foes, but these are not all. There are inward foes, such as--

II. It is also a mistake to suppose that the enemies to be fought against are chiefly external ones. With all his warnings against surrounding foes, Joshua was most emphatic in his exhortation to watchfulness over one’s own heart, “Take good heed therefore unto yourselves.” In this sense a man’s enemies are they of his own house. The greatest temptations arise from that inner tendency to corruption, but for which the outward influences would be well-nigh powerless. Many a man has been his own tempter (James 1:14).

III. It is a great christian duty, therefore, for every man to bring his own heart into subjection.

1. This cannot be done except by the exercise of constant watchfulness.

2. Self-cultivation also is necessary. When will men learn that religion is no dreamy sentimentalism, but a stern and living reality? “The grace of God in the heart of man is a tender plant in a strange, unkindly soil, and, therefore, cannot well prosper and grow without much care and pains, and that of a skilful hand.” Let us, then, “take heed to ourselves.” Let us keep the fortress of our own heart. Let us do battle with the foes of our own household. Thus shall we be “more than conquerors”; for “he that ruleth his own spirit is better than he that taketh a city.” (Frederic Wagstaff.)

Self-consideration

We can have no aspirations unless we know what we lack, and we cannot properly cultivate our spiritual life unless we recognise the symptoms of its vitality or decay. A gardener would be failing in his duty if he did not notice the withering of a flower, which was only wanting more room in which to spread its roots. A mother would be justly blamed if she was too absorbed in making her child’s dress for a coming party to notice the pale face and heavy eyes which fore told an illness demanding instant attention. Far heavier is the responsibility resting on us to consider our own condition. (A. Rowland, B. A.)

Self-judgment

No sane man fails to form some opinion of himself. We cannot help knowing, for example, whether our temper is quick or dull, whether our imagination is vivid or torpid, any more than we can be ignorant of the fact that we are tall or short. But we ought not to leave this self-judgment to transient feelings, or to spasmodic revelations--but should try to shape it by sober thought. Some people tell us that it is best not to think of ourselves at all, but to absorb ourselves in daily duty, leaving ourselves simply in God’s hands, so far as religious life is concerned. No doubt this is partly true: and we must not forget that self-introspection has its dangers as well as its uses. It would, for example, be quite possible to subject our motives to such close and constant scrutiny as to take away all momentum from life: but no sensible man would be so particular about dust on the engine, as to neglect keeping up steam. (A. Rowland, B. A.)

That ye love the Lord.--

Take heed to love God

1. Because if you do not love God, your obedience will be worthless.

2. Because if you do love Him, obedience will be easy.

3. Because there are so many things that compete for your love.

4. Because if you love God, you will love only good things, and those in a proper measure.

5. Because if you love God, you will love what God loves, and especially His Son Jesus Christ. (The Hive.)

God demands our love

I. It is for this very end that national mercies are bestowed.

II. We are in danger of perverting his goodness to a very different purpose. The caution given in the text plainly implies this, and the subsequent history of the Jewish nation as plainly proves that the caution was necessary.

III. To love the Lord our God is not only the return He expects for His benefits, but the return he demands. It is not only just and reasonable in its own nature, but it is likewise absolutely necessary on our part--nay, it is the one thing needful, the withholding of which shall unavoidably be attended with the most fatal consequences. (R. Walker.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Joshua 23:11". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/joshua-23.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Take good heed therefore unto yourselves,.... To be upon their guard, and to be watchful, were very necessary to them, that they might not be ensnared by the Canaanites, and drawn aside by them into idolatry, and so apostatize from the Lord and his worship, since their temptations would be many:

that ye love the Lord your God; which would the most strongly influence and engage them to serve and worship the Lord, and obey his commands, and be the best preservative against idolatry and false worship.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-23.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Take good heed, therefore, that ye love the Lord your God — The sum of his exhortation is comprised in the love of God, which is the end or fulfillment of the law (Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 11:13; Matthew 22:37).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 23:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-23.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

Take heed — Now it requires more watchfulness and diligence than it did in the wilderness, because your temptations are now stronger; from the examples and insinuations of your bad neighbours, the remainders of this wicked people; and from your own peace and prosperity: and the pride, security, forgetfulness of God, and luxury, which usually attend that condition.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:11". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-23.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 23:11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

Ver. 11. Take heed therefore unto yourselves.] Heb., To your souls, that chief part of yourselves, the welfare whereof lieth upon it.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:11". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-23.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Now it requires more watchfulness and diligence than it did in the wilderness, because your temptations are now more and stronger; partly from the examples and insinuations of your bad neighbours, the remainders of this wicked people; and partly from your own peace and prosperity, and the pride, security, forgetfulness of God, and luxury which usually attend upon that condition, as God had warned them, Deuteronomy 6:10-12.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

11.Take good heed — This is the condition of the foregoing promise. “Such is the slothfulness of the flesh that it always needs to be stimulated by threats.” — Calvin. The depravity of men compels a resort to fear when an appeal to hope has been ineffectual.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

Take good heed therefore to yourselves, that you love YHWH your God.’

The thought of loving God was central to the teaching of Moses (Deuteronomy 6:4-6), and revealed in the keeping of His commandments (Deuteronomy 5:10; Joshua 22:5), in walking in His ways (Deuteronomy 10:12; Deuteronomy 11:22; Deuteronomy 19:9; Joshua 22:5), in serving Him with heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12), and in cleaving only to Him (Deuteronomy 11:22; Deuteronomy 30:20; Joshua 22:5). It would result in keeping His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments (Deuteronomy 11:1; Deuteronomy 30:16). It was to be a love that was total, with heart, and soul, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 11:13; Deuteronomy 13:3; Deuteronomy 30:6; Joshua 22:5). It was in the final analysis the result of God ‘circumcising the heart’ (Deuteronomy 30:6), which means working a transforming experience within. As Jesus said, ‘If you love me you will keep my commandments’ (John 14:15).

This was a robust love, a love resulting from gratitude and a sense of relationship with God through covenant, and an awareness of His love (Deuteronomy 7:7-8; Deuteronomy 7:13; Deuteronomy 10:15), a love which resulted in action. There was nothing sentimental about it, it affected every part of life.

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Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 23:11. Take good heed — Now it requires more watchfulness and diligence than it did in the wilderness, because your temptations are now stronger, from the examples and insinuations of your bad neighbours, the remainders of this wicked people; and from your own peace and prosperity; and the pride, security, forgetfulness of God, and luxury, which usually attend that condition.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 23:11". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-23.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

selves-souls. Hebrew. nephesh, App-2.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

Take good heed therefore ... that ye love the Lord your God. The sum of his exhortation is comprised in the love of God, which is the end or fulfillment of the law (Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 11:13; Matthew 22:37).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.
Take good
22:5; Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:5-12; Proverbs 4:23; Luke 21:34; Ephesians 5:15; Hebrews 12:15
yourselves
Heb. your souls. love.
Exodus 20:6; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 8:3; 16:22; Jude 1:20,21
Reciprocal: Exodus 23:13 - be circumspect;  Deuteronomy 4:15 - Take ye;  Deuteronomy 4:23 - heed;  2 Kings 21:8 - only if they;  Jeremiah 17:21 - Take;  Hebrews 2:1 - the more

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