Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 24:31

Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, and had known all the deeds of the Lord which He had done for Israel.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Israel;   Shechem;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Joshua the son of nun;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Elder;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Joshua;   Joshua, the Book of;   Judges, the Book of;   Miracles;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua;   Joshua, the Book of;   Overlive;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Joshua;   Shechem;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Josh'ua, Book of;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Sanhedrim;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Elder in the Old Testament;   Joshua, Book of;   Judges, Book of:;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Joshua, Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And Israel served the Lord, etc. - Though there was private idolatry among them, for they had strange gods, yet there was no public idolatry all the days of Joshua and of the elders that overlived Joshua; most of whom must have been advanced in years at the death of this great man. Hence Calmet supposes that the whole of this time might amount to about fifteen years. It has already been noted that this verse is placed by the Septuagint after Joshua 24:28.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-24.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the children of Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua,.... Without going into idolatrous practices:

and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua; that lived a few years longer than he; some of them that came young out of Egypt, and were now elderly men; and some of them doubtless were of the court of the seventy elders; these could not overlive Joshua a great many years, for, in the times of Chushanrishathaim, Israel fell into idolatry, Judges 2:6,

and which had known all the works of the Lord, that he had done for Israel; in Egypt, at the Red sea, in the wilderness, as well as since their coming into the land of Canaan.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-24.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And Israel n served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.

(n) Such are the people commonly as their rulers are.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-24.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua — The high and commanding character of this eminent leader had given so decided a tone to the sentiments and manners of his contemporaries and the memory of his fervent piety and many virtues continued so vividly impressed on the memories of the people, that the sacred historian has recorded it to his immortal honor. “Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua.”

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-24.html. 1871-8.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

An honourable testimony is here given both to Joshua and the elders. Oh! for the influence of our almighty Joshua to be ever upon his people.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/joshua-24.html. 1828.

Scofield's Reference Notes

overlived

prolonged their days after.

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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Joshua 24:31". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/joshua-24.html. 1917.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 24:31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.

Ver. 31. {See Trapp on "Joshua 23:8"}

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-24.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 31. And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua So long as this pious general was at the head of the people of Israel, idolatry durst not show itself, and the Israelites in public adored only the true God. Moses did not enjoy the like happiness. Every one knows what a disturbance that depraved taste which the Hebrews had imbibed for idolatry in Egypt, produced in the affair of the golden calf: God, however, remedied it, by condemning the offenders to wander forty years in that wilderness, where, according to St. Chrysostom, all those perished who had been witnesses of that horrible apostacy; that thus there might remain no one among them capable of teaching them again so atrocious a kind of impiety. See Vitae Monastic. Vitup. lib. 1.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/joshua-24.html. 1801-1803.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And the children of Israel served YHWH all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work of YHWH, that he had wrought for Israel.’

This summary verse confirms that during the life of Joshua and his near contemporaries who had seen the great works of YHWH in Egypt and in the wilderness, the people remained faithful. The elders, who remembered the past, were the father figures in the tribes and sub-tribes, and they ruled well. They kept apart from the Canaanites and worshipped YHWH only, maintaining the covenant faithfully, attending at the feasts at the central sanctuary, and living by His Law under the guidance of the priests and Levites, although there were always going to be exceptions. Thus the book finishes with a declaration that Joshua left things in good order, and that things seemed well.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-24.html. 2013.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Long time; perhaps fifteen years. These ancients kept the people in order by their authority (Calmet) and good example, so great an influence have the manners of superiors upon those of the subjects. (Menochius) --- Regis ad exemplar totus componitur orbis. See 2 Paralipomenon xxiv. 2, 16. After the death of these virtuous rulers, who had been formed in the school of Moses and of Josue, and had beheld the wonders of God, (Haydock) the people began to embrace the worship of Baalim, Judges ii. 11.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-24.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

all the days. The expression is not necessarily a long period. in Joshua 11:18 it-seven years; in Joshua 23:1 = within ten years; here it = three years. See App-50.

works = work.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-24.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.

Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua. The high and commanding character of this eminent leader had given so decided a tone to the sentiments and manners of his contemporaries, and the memory of his fervent piety and many virtues continued so vividly impressed on the memories of the people, that the sacred historian has recorded it to his immortal honour, "Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua."

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-24.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(31) Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and . . . of the elders that overlived Joshua.—It cannot surprise us that the personal influence of the man and of the events of his day was so difficult to efface. There was a primitive Church in Canaan as well as in the Roman Empire. The short duration of the one seems to have an analogy in the case of the other.

(32) The bones of Joseph, and also of his brethren, as appears by Acts 7:16. The precedent set by Joseph is exceedingly likely to have been followed.

And it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.—It may be that this fact helped to fix the position of Ephraim and Manasseh in the centre of the country.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-24.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.
served
Deuteronomy 31:29; Judges 2:7; 2 Chronicles 24:2,17,18; Acts 20:29; Philippians 2:12
overlived Joshua
Heb. prolonged their days after Joshua. which had.
Deuteronomy 11:2,7; 31:13
Reciprocal: Judges 2:17 - which their;  Judges 2:19 - when the;  Judges 8:33 - as soon;  2 Chronicles 34:33 - all his days;  Jeremiah 2:21 - wholly

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 24:31". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-24.html.