Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 23:9

For the Lord has driven out great and strong nations from before you; and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Company;   Thompson Chain Reference - Ancient Heroes;   Battle of Life;   Heroes, Ancient;   Invincibility;   Saints;   The Topic Concordance - Marriage;  
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Holman Bible Dictionary - God;   Joshua, the Book of;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

"For Jehovah hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath stood before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand; for Jehovah your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he spake unto you. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love Jehovah your God."

Israel must not get the idea that their victories have resulted from their OWN ability. It is God alone who has delivered the enemy into Israel's hands. Some later versions change the verbs here to past tense, "One of you chased a thousand ... etc." However, it is the future that is stressed here, showing that Israel need have no fear whatever of victory, provided only that they would be faithful to the Lord.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/joshua-23.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For the Lord hath driven out before you great nations and strong,.... Especially as they were reckoned in those times, before any great monarchies had existed, as did afterwards; and indeed these were, considering the land they inhabited, very numerous and populous, and were very stout and able bodied men, and some of a gigantic stature; and all dwelt in strong fortified cities, and were able to bring out large armies into the field, with chariots of iron, so that they were very formidable; but notwithstanding all this, the Lord drove them out of their strong holds, and put Israel into the possession of them, and of their land:

but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day; that is, of those that came out against them, and fought with them; these were all to a man cut off by them, or fled before them, and became tributaries to them; otherwise there were many, who as yet were not expelled by them; this the Lord had promised, and now had fulfilled, Deuteronomy 11:25.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-23.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.

No man — To wit, whom you have invaded; otherwise some of those people did yet remain unconquered.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-23.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 23:9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but [as for] you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.

Ver. 9. For the Lord hath driven out.] He hath and he will, if you hinder not your own happiness by breach of covenant.

No man hath been able to stand before you.] None of all those who either have assailed you, or have been assaulted by you.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-23.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

To wit, whom you have invaded; otherwise some of those people did yet remain unconquered.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". 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

9.The Lord hath driven out — Or, as the margin, then the Lord will drive. In this way this sentence becomes the apodosis of the previous verse — For if ye cleave’ then the Lord will drive. No man hath been able to stand whom ye have courageously confronted, trusting in God.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-23.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

For YHWH has driven out before you great nations and strong, and as for you, no man has stood before you to this day.”

Let the past teach them the lesson. They have defeated great and strong nations, and driven them out. No one has been able to prevent them from settling down. This was a slightly optimistic viewpoint. It is certain that they had not achieved all that they had hoped for or attempted. But from a general point of view what they had done had met with success, and they were at present at rest and settled reasonably comfortably in the land. And they were not subservient to any.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-23.html. 2013.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

man. Hebrew. ish. App-14.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-23.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(9) No man hath been able to stand before you.—Comp. Joshua 1:5.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-23.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.
For the Lord
or, Then the Lord will drive.
5; 21:43,44; Deuteronomy 11:23
no man
1:5,8,9; 15:14
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 7:24 - there shall;  Psalm 44:7 - But

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-23.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

9.For the Lord has driven out from before you, etc He intimates that so long as they do not themselves change, there will certainly be no change on the part of God. Therefore he asserts that, provided they conciliate the favor of God, they shall have an uninterrupted course of victory. At length he again exhorts them, as they value their life and safety, to be careful in maintaining love to God. From this source all true obedience springs; for if we do not cling to him with free and ardent affection, we shall study in vain to frame our lives in accordance with the external form of the Law.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Joshua 23:9". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/joshua-23.html. 1840-57.