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

  • Librarygal143
    One of my favorite verses. The picture also reminds me of the poem, The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost. I will definitely serve the Lord, me and my house, Amen!
  • Irene123
    " ..... your fathers served ..... on the other side of the flood ..... "; THAT - was a lo-o-ong time ago, even for Joshua. The Bible says nothing of the gods they served; just that we can pretty well know they were -eating, drinking and giving in marriage - or maybe they didn't marry, like so many today. Before the flood things had to have been somewhat different.
  • Steve morrow
    2 Samuel 7:24 for thou hast confirmed to thy self thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever and thou LORD are become their GOD 25 and now O LORD GOD the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house establish it forever and do as thou hast said 26 and let thy name be magnified forever saying the LORD of hosts is the GOD over Israel and let the house of thy servant david be established before thee 27 for thou O LORD of hosts GOD of Israel hast revealed to thy servant saying I will build thee an house therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee 28 and now O LORD GOD thou art that GOD and thy words be true and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant 29 therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant that it may continue for ever before thee for thou O LORD GOD hast spoken it and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed forever HEBREWS 12:28 WHEREFORE WE RECEIVING A KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE MOVED LET US HAVE GRACE WHEREBY WE MAY SERVE GOD---ACCEPTABLY---WITH REVERANCE AND GODLY FEAR
  • Jean-marie Gaugo
    Who is the provider of life ? Is it not God ? Who is the savior which walked before the the host of the children of Israel to deliver them from the criminal hands of the wicked peoples ?It is the Lord. Why Joshua can ask to the children of Israel to choose whom they will serve ? Joshua was in doubt because of the incredulity of the children of Israel: they seemed unthankful unto God they had intent to leave God for doing idolatry works despite God has delivered them from mighty enemies. God is the provider of our life that is Him we must serve. Jesus has paid our debt on the cross that we might be free from biggest enemy Satan and the condemnation. If we choose not to serve God, Jesus, because of incredulity and ingratitude, we shall surly fall in the hands of the enemy who will destroy us. Remember what the Lord Jesus says in Matthew 12:43-45.
  • Lilian
    God is faithful to his words and promises that He will be with Joshua the same when he was with Moses. God bless Joshua and lead him not to be discourage nor dismayed for He is God who can protect them. These must be applied to our daily life that we must not be discourage or be dismayed coz Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us we only need to trust his will and obey his words .Praise u Jesus
  • Anonymous
    Joshua has the best saying and that is to always serve the Lord,God made man the head of the house so he can lead and guide his family and i believe that ,that was how Joshua led his family to be God fearing and to love God first.