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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
And if it seeme euill vnto you to serue the Lord, choose you this day whome you will serue, whether the gods which your fathers serued that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose lande ye dwell: but as for mee and my house, we will serue the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
- New American Standard Version (1995)
And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.
- American Standard Version (1901)
And if it seems evil to you to be the servants of the Lord, make the decision this day whose servants you will be: of the gods whose servants your fathers were across the River, or of the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living: but I and my house will be the servants of the Lord.
- Basic English Bible
And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods whom your fathers that were on the other side of the river served, or the gods of the Amorite, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.
- Darby Bible
And if it seemeth evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
- Webster's Bible
If it seems evil to you to serve Yahweh, choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh."
- World English Bible
and if wrong in your eyes to serve Jehovah -- choose for you to-day whom ye do serve; -- whether the gods whom your fathers served, which [are] beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorite in whose land ye are dwelling; and I and my house -- we serve Jehovah.'
- Youngs Literal Bible
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible
24:15 Seem evil - Unjust, unreasonable or inconvenient. Choose ye - Not that he leaves them to their liberty, whether they would serve God or idols; for Joshua had no such power himself, nor could give it to any other; and both he and they were obliged by the law of Moses, to give their worship to God only, and to forbear all idolatry in themselves, and severely to punish it in others; but it is a powerful insinuation, whereby he both implies, that the worship of God is so highly reasonable, necessary and beneficial; and the service of idols so absurd, and vain, and pernicious, that if it were left free for all men to take their choice, every man in his right wits must needs chuse the service of God, before that of idols; and provokes them to bind themselves faster to God by their own choice. He will - But know this, if you should all be so base and brutish, as to prefer senseless and impotent idols, before the true and living God, it is my firm purpose, that I will, and my children, and servants (as far as I can influence them) shall be constant and faithful to the Lord. And that, whatever others do. They that resolve to serve God, must not start at being singular in it. They that are bound for heaven must be willing to swim against the stream, and must do, not as most do, but as the best do.
Brianna's comment on 2014-12-19 05:27:40:
A very powerful scripture that brings honor and glory to the one and only true God. However, it is upsetting to read these other translations that mask God 's name with "LORD ". That takes away the power behind Joshua 's word all together. He was allowing individuals to choose if they would serve the false gods of their day such as BA 'al or would they serve the only true God, Jehovah.
Gary's comment on 2014-11-03 08:22:50:
God in his infinite wisdom has written a book, using inspired authors over many millennia. Joshua is an excellent example for us all, not only of one mans personal choice. In reading the story of Joshua we discover the reasons for his choice.
Okafor's comment on 2014-06-04 13:02:26:
Joshua chose for himself and his family the ONE and only TRUE GOD who has brought them from slavery to the promise land by his Mighty power. To HIM the I AM all worship be forever. Amen.
Dharam's comment on 2014-06-04 07:12:53:
As true believers we must choose to serve God diligently and also get rid of every form of idolatry from our lives. Remember an idol is anything that we allow to take the place of God in our lives.
Don Wade's comment on 2014-03-22 06:35:39:
Plaques with this scripture leave out the part about the flood in order to shorten it I have it on my wall and had forgotten the full meaning Thank you for a fine job
Tisha's comment on 2013-09-09 23:31:23:
Joshua knew the one and true God, He was saying without saying that man has a free will, and more or less is telling the people if they choose these other so called other gods that would be a foolish decision. And he let them know it was thier own choose. But he chose the one and only true God along with his family. I think he said this in hopes people would hear him and make the right choose,as Joshua did. I believe God used Joshua by his testimony and probably many followed the right choose because of it.
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