Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 23:15

It shall come about that just as all the good words which the Lord your God spoke to you have come upon you, so the Lord will bring upon you all the threats, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Fear of God;   Thompson Chain Reference - Threatenings;   Wicked, the;   The Topic Concordance - Covenant;   Idolatry;   Perishing;   Service;  
Dictionaries:
Holman Bible Dictionary - God;   Joshua, the Book of;   Land, Ground;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Promise;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

So shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things - His faithfulness in fulfilling his promises is a proof that he will as faithfully accomplish his threatenings, for the veracity of God is equally pledged for both.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-23.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all the good things are come upon you which the Lord hath promised you,.... Of which there was full proof, and it could not be denied:

so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things; calamities and distresses, by his sore judgments of famine, sword, pestilence, evil beasts, and captivity, in case of disobedience to his commands:

until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you; for as he is faithful to his promises, so to his threatenings; and from his punctual performance of the one may be argued and expected the sure fulfilment of the other, and which has been abundantly verified in that people; see Leviticus 26:1 and the notes there.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-23.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

Evil things — The accomplishment of God's promise is a pledge that he will also fulfil his threatnings; both of them depending upon the same ground, the faithfulness of God.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-23.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 23:15 Therefore it shall come to pass, [that] as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

Ver. 15. So shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things.] To the sweetness of the promises he fitly adjoineth the tartness of the menaces. Sour and sweet make the best sauce: promises and threatenings mingled serve to keep the heart in the best temper.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-23.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The accomplishment of God’s promises is a pledge or assurance that he will also fulfil his threatenings; both of them depending upon the same ground, the faithfulness of God.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". 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

15.As all good’ so all evil things — The threatenings are as sure as the promises; both alike are grounded on the divine veracity. The sophistry which would explain away the former must destroy the latter. “The pillars of heaven are no firmer than the foundations of hell.” — Whedon. These words of Joshua are of universal application. They belong to all peoples and to all generations. Before each individual of the human race there lies the path of obedience, ending in the promises, and the path of disobedience, ending in the threatenings of the Almighty. “Knowing therefore the terrors of the Lord, we persuade men.”

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-23.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And it shall come about that as all the good things have come on you which YHWH has promised, so shall YHWH bring on you all evil things until he has destroyed you from off this good land which the YHWH your God has given you.”

This was the other side of His promise. Just as He had fulfilled His promise in bringing good things on them, so He would fulfil His promise to bring evil things on them if they failed to obey Him and learned the ways of the Canaanites. They had received the land because they were His people and the Canaanites were evil, but if they turned to the ways of the Canaanites they too would perish from the land. The ‘evil things’ are described in Deuteronomy 28:15-68, and they make dreadful reading. To be favoured is to render oneself liable to the greater punishment.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-23.html. 2013.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 23:15. Bring upon you all evil things — According to what Moses had predicted at large, Leviticus 26. and Deuteronomy 28. For God’s faithfulness is no less visible in fulfilling his threatenings than his promises. Indeed the accomplishment of his promises is a pledge that he will also fulfil his threatenings, both of them standing on the same ground, the truth of God.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-23.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

evil things = the evils threatened.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-23.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(15) As all good things are come upon you . . . so shall . . . all evil things.—Comp. Deuteronomy 8:19-20, and Deuteronomy 30:17-18, and Deuteronomy 28 throughout.

The above exhortations are upon matters that lie within the province of the ruler. The law must be forgotten if the magistrates will not enforce it. Marriages and treaties and public worship are matters under the control of the law. What the rulers will not tolerate, the people will find it hard to maintain.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-23.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
so shall
Leviticus 26:14-46; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Judges 3:8,12; 4:1,2; 6:1; 10:6,7; 13:1; 2 Chronicles 36:16,17; Luke 21:22-24; 1 Thessalonians 2:16
Reciprocal: Exodus 22:20 - utterly;  Leviticus 26:3 - GeneralNumbers 33:56 - GeneralDeuteronomy 30:18 - GeneralJoshua 21:45 - GeneralJudges 2:15 - had said;  1 Samuel 3:12 - I will perform;  2 Samuel 7:21 - thy word's;  1 Kings 8:15 - hath;  1 Kings 8:56 - there;  1 Kings 9:6 - go;  1 Kings 14:15 - this good land;  1 Kings 16:34 - General1 Kings 22:38 - and the dogs;  2 Kings 17:18 - removed;  2 Kings 22:16 - all the words;  2 Kings 24:3 - remove them;  2 Chronicles 7:19 - shall go;  Isaiah 24:6 - hath;  Isaiah 31:2 - will bring;  Isaiah 42:9 - the former;  Isaiah 48:3 - and I;  Jeremiah 16:13 - will I;  Jeremiah 17:4 - shalt;  Jeremiah 26:4 - If;  Jeremiah 32:24 - what;  Jeremiah 32:42 - Like;  Jeremiah 35:17 - Behold;  Jeremiah 39:16 - Behold;  Ezekiel 33:26 - and shall;  Hosea 9:3 - shall not;  Micah 2:10 - and;  Mark 12:9 - he will;  Mark 13:31 - my;  Romans 11:22 - therefore;  Hebrews 8:9 - they continued

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 23:15". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-23.html.