Joshua 24:15

“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 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Joshua 24:15


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.


Discussion for Joshua 24

  • Kwai
    This book has help me in different ways by letting me know that the gods our fore father serve are not going to help me but God our heavenly father if we trust in him and do the rite thing the promise land is ours and for the statement as for me and my family we will save the lord Amen
  • A disciple
    No man comes to Jesus, unless the Father draw him! It is commonly taught, that we are to accept Jesus, and ask Him into our lives: but this is a very gross ignorance and error. God accepts us for Jesus' sake, after He has convicted us and led us to repentance. The other part of that mystery is how God judges our hearts, and whether we may be forgiven; in that He finds us to be of the truth or not.
  • Debbie
    Thank you for these encouraging words. Appreciate being able to read Gods Word in LIV. AMEN!
  • April
    Irene 123:they didnt specify exactly everything they did BUT we do know there were Kings aka Pharoahs and they didn't believe in GOD,when NOAH tried to warn the people of the flood they laughed at him and mocked him,called him names,what ever these people were doing had absolutely nothing to do with GOD,so everything but that was going on,Only HE knows how to believe in futures,he is ALMIGHTY GOD.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Mission accomplished by Joshua. The children of Israel gave him their pledge to serve no other god beside God Almighty. In their tradition, they will soon renege on this pledge and reap its dire consequences. May God give us the grace to avoid going back to our sins.
  • Anonymous
    As for me and my house their is only one and only one God. Praise our lord Jesus Christ