Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 23:8

But you are to cling to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Company;   Decision;   Israel;   Thompson Chain Reference - Steadfastness;   Steadfastness-Instability;   The Topic Concordance - Cleaving;   Marriage;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Sexuality, Human;   Holman Bible Dictionary - God;   Joshua, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But cleave unto the Lord your God,.... To his word, worship, and ordinances; externally, by close adherence to them, and strict observation of them; and internally, by strong affection to him, hope, trust, and confidence in him, expectation of all good things from him, and constant application to him for help in all times of need, and a fixed dependence on him:

as ye have done unto this day; that is, since they came into the land of Canaan, and had been under the government of Joshua; for otherwise, while in the wilderness, they frequently revolted from God, and murmured against him; and this is to be understood not of individuals, who doubtless were guilty of various failings and sins, but of the whole body, and with respect to any notorious offence, particularly idolatry, which they had not fallen into since they came into the land of Canaan, and had very lately shown great zeal against it; not only the tribes on this side, but those on the other side Jordan, as the preceding chapter largely relates.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-23.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

Cleave to the Lord — By constant obedience, entire affection, faithful service and worship of him alone.

To this day — To wit, since you came in to Canaan; since which time the body of the people (for of them he speaks, not of every particular person) had behaved themselves much better than they did in the wilderness, and had not been guilty of any gross and general apostacy from God, or rebellion against him.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-23.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 23:8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.

Ver. 8. As ye have done unto this day,] viz., Since I have had the governance of you, Vita Principis censura est, imo Cynosura: the life of the prince is the loade star of the Commonwealth, Magnates magnetes; good governors make good people: and on the contrary, Qualis rix, talis grex.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-23.html. 1865-1868.

Sermon Bible Commentary

Joshua 23:8

I. It could be only in a limited sense that this praise could be given to the children of Israel; their great crime through all periods of their history was that they did not cleave unto the Lord their God. But probably during that score of years which intervened between the entrance into Canaan and the death of Joshua the Hebrews were more true in their allegiance to their heavenly King than at any other period. As yet they had everything to preserve them in their steadfastness, and there was no strength of temptation to allure them to rebellion. While Joshua lived they did cleave as fully as they ever cleaved to the Lord their God.

II. Our only safeguard in facing the snares and temptations, the malice and opposition, the craft and cunning, of the devil, the world, and the flesh is to cleave unto the Lord our God. "Keep innocency and take heed unto the thing that is right," and you will find the boldness of evil abashed and the designs of evil powerless before you. Cleave unto God quietly, but resolutely and consistently. "Take good heed to yourselves that ye love the Lord your God." Fear will never induce you to cleave to Him. Love will. And if you cleave unto the Lord, none shall be able to stand before you, or to gain the mastery over you.

F. E. Paget, Sermons for Special Occasions, p. 115.




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Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". "Sermon Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/joshua-23.html.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Cleave unto the Lord, by firm affiance, constant obedience, entire affection, faithful service and worship of him alone.

As ye have done unto this day, to wit since you came into Canaan; since which time the body of the people for of them he speaks, not of every particular person) had behaved themselves much better than they did in the wilderness, and had not been guilty or any gross and general apostacy from God, or rebellion against him.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". 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

8.Cleave unto the Lord Cling unto him with a grip which no force can loosen. Fidelity to God always costs strenuous effort. “Strive to enter in at the strait gate.”

As ye have done — As a nation, with individual exceptions.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-23.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

But cleave to YHWH your God, as you have done to this day.”

Up to this time they had been faithful. They had driven out the Canaanites. They had spurned their gods. They had been faithful to the tribal covenant, and gathered at the central sanctuary as required by the Law. They had not settled down and fraternised with those around them. For their leaders (the elders that outlived Joshua - Judges 2:7) had kept them faithful. This they must continue to do.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". "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 23:8. But cleave to the Lord — By constant obedience, entire affection, faithful service, and worship of him alone. As ye have done to this day — To wit, since you came into Canaan; since which time the body of the people (for of them he speaks, not of every particular person) had behaved themselves much better than they did in the wilderness, and had not been guilty of any gross and general apostacy from God, or rebellion against him.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-23.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Day. Those who had formerly given way to idolatry were all cut off, and all Israel had lately given a proof of their attachment unto the Lord. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-23.html. 1859.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.
or, For if ye will cleave, etc
22:5; Deuteronomy 4:4; 10:20; 11:22; 13:4; Acts 11:23
Reciprocal: Genesis 2:24 - cleave;  Deuteronomy 30:20 - cleave;  2 Kings 18:6 - he clave

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 23:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-23.html.