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Joshua 23:3

And you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the Lord your God is He who has been fighting for you.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Government;   The Topic Concordance - Marriage;  
Dictionaries:
Holman Bible Dictionary - God;   Joshua, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Memra;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

For the Lord your God is he that hath fought for you - There is much both of piety and modesty in this address. It was natural for the Israelites to look on their veteran, worn-out general, who had led them on from conquest to conquest, with profound respect; and to be ready to say, "Had we not had such a commander, we had never got possession of this good land." Joshua corrects this opinion, and shows them that all their enemies had been defeated, because the Lord their God had fought for them. That the battle was the Lord's, and not his; and that God alone should have the glory.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-23.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And ye have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto all those nations because of you,.... How he had destroyed them, and driven them out of their habitations to make room for them, meaning the seven nations of the Canaanites:

for the Lord your God is he that hath fought for you; Joshua does not attribute any of the things that were done to his own valour, nor theirs, nor so much as mentions himself or them as instruments, but wholly ascribes all to the Lord, who fought their battles for them, and conquered their enemies, and subdued them under them; the Targum is,"the Word of the Lord fought for you;'the Captain of the host of the Lord, Joshua 5:14.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-23.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations a because of you; for the LORD your God [is] he that hath fought for you.

(a) Your eyes bearing witness.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-23.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Joshua 23:3. By former benefits.

ye have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto all these nations because of you — The modesty and humility of Joshua are remarkably displayed at the commencement of this address. Dismissing all thoughts of his personal services, he ascribed the subjugation and occupation of Canaan entirely to the favoring presence and aid of God; and in doing so, he spoke not more piously than truly. This had been promised (Deuteronomy 1:30; Deuteronomy 3:22); and the reality of the divine aid was seen in the rapid overthrow of the Canaanites, which had already led to the division of the whole land among the tribes [Joshua 23:4 ].

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-23.html. 1871-8.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

Reader! do not fail to observe, how Joshua's dying sermon opens. It is all of God. God, as a covenant God, was Joshua ' s text, and the sum and substance of all his sermon. Not a word of himself. Not a word to magnify his services, even as an instrument in God's hand. The burden of his preaching was, what the Jehovah Aleim had done, and what their own experience knew to be true, of the Lord their God's grace towards them. Dearest Jesus! may it be my happiness to copy after this illustrious example. In a living hour may I speak of thee and of thy righteousness only. And in a dying hour may long experience sum up the whole account, Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/joshua-23.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.

Because of you — For your good, that you might gain by their losses.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-23.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 23:3 And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God [is] he that hath fought for you.

Ver. 3. And ye have seen all that the Lord your God.] Joshua intituleth God to all his conquests so did David, and our Richard I. So have we vanquished the king of France at Gisors, said he in his letter to Philip Bishop of Duresme; howbeit, we have not done the same, but Dieu et mon droit God and our right, by us. And the like did our Henry V at the battle of Agincourt; and our late thrice noble generals in their highest achievements at home and abroad. (a)

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-23.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Because of you; for your sake and good, that you might gain by their losses.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". 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

3.All that the Lord’ hath done — Here is a marked magnifying of the Divine interposition in all the victories of Joshua. True piety always exclaims, “Not unto us, not unto us, but unto thy name be all the praise and glory.”

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "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 you have seen all that YHWH your God has done to all these nations because of you, for YHWH your God, he it is who has fought for you.”

Joshua then points back to the past, to all their victories and all their successes that have resulted in their being where they were. They have seen them and they know. And he points out that it was all due to YHWH Who had fought for them.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-23.html. 2013.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

For you. God fought for his people three ways: 1. By destroying their enemies himself in a miraculous manner, as he did the Egyptians; 2. By assisting their endeavours, as at Jericho, and in the victory of Gabaon, when he caused the walls of the former town to fall down, and hurled stones upon the fleeing enemy near the latter; (chap. x.) 3. By giving courage and strength to Israel, while he filled their opponents with dismay, and this was most frequently the case. He continues to assist his servants in their spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh, and the devil, in all these different ways. (Worthington)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-23.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-23.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.

Ye have seen all that the Lord your God hath done ... for you. The modesty and humility of Joshua are remarkably displayed at the commencement of this address. Sinking all thoughts of his personal services, he ascribed the subjugation and occupation of Canaan entirely to the favouring presence and aid of God; and in doing so, he spoke not more piously than truly. This had been promised (Deuteronomy 1:30; Deuteronomy 3:22); and the reality of the divine aid was seen in the rapid overthrow of the Canaanites, which had already led to the division of the whole land among the tribes.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-23.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.
And ye
Deuteronomy 4:9; Psalms 44:1,2; Malachi 1:5
for the
10:14,42; Exodus 14:14; Deuteronomy 20:4; Psalms 44:3
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 44:2 - Ye have;  Ezekiel 20:28 - when I;  Hebrews 3:9 - and

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 23:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-23.html.