Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 24:21

The people said to Joshua, "No, but we will serve the Lord ."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Backsliders;   Covenant;   Decision;   Shechem;  
Dictionaries:
Fausset Bible Dictionary - Pillars;   Shechem (1);   Holman Bible Dictionary - Covenant;   Ebal;   Joshua;   Joshua, the Book of;   Temple of Jerusalem;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Shechem;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Elder;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Shechem;   Teraphim;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And the people said - Nay; but we will serve, etc. - So they understood the words of Joshua to imply no moral impossibility on their side: and had they earnestly sought the gracious assistance of God, they would have continued steady in his covenant.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-24.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the people said unto Joshua, nay,.... We will not serve strange gods:

but we will serve the Lord; according to his revealed will, and him only.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-24.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

The people adhered to their resolution. לא, minime , as in Joshua 5:14, i.e., we will not serve other gods, but Jehovah.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/joshua-24.html. 1854-1889.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

The Lord — Namely, him only, and not strange gods.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-24.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 24:21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

Ver. 21. Nay; but we will serve the Lord.] Only and wholly, for subject and object. This was well resolved, if as well practised. These here were ready to enter into covenant, and so to bind their deceitful hearts to a good abearance, which else would be ready to slip collar.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-24.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

To wit, him only, and not strange gods, as was supposed by Joshua, Joshua 24:20.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-24.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve YHWH.” ’

Faced clearly with the consequences of their choice the people replied that whatever Joshua said, they would serve YHWH. He was their God and they would serve and honour Him and Him alone.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-24.html. 2013.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Lord. We shall not experience the chastisements with which thou hast threatened us, because we will adhere inviolably to the Lord. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-24.html. 1859.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(21) Nay; but we will serve the Lord.—Being brought to the point, no other answer was possible. If they must give up Jehovah or the idols, the idols must go first.

(22,23) Ye are witnesses . . . that ye have chosen you the Lord . . . Now therefore put away . . . the strange gods.—This was the practical conclusion to which Joshua desired that they should come. But we do not read that they did anything in obedience to these words. We read of no images being buried or burned, as in the days of Jacob by David (Genesis 35:4; 2 Samuel 5:21). There is only a verbal promise: “The Lord our God will we serve, and His voice will we obey.”

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-24.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.
Nay
Exodus 19:8; 20:19; 24:3,7; Deuteronomy 5:27,28; 26:17; Isaiah 44:5
Reciprocal: Exodus 15:25 - a statute;  Exodus 23:25 - And ye;  Judges 2:20 - transgressed;  2 Chronicles 23:16 - that they should;  Psalm 119:57 - I have

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 24:21". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-24.html.