JOSHUA 24:15

“as for me and my house”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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In this verse Joshua has gathered all the tribes of Israel in Shechem, Canaan the first capital of the Kingdom of Israel. He asks the people to choose whom they will serve: the one true God of Israel or the many gods served by their those who lived before the flood and when the Israelites were in Egypt. Then Joshua's quote “as for me and my house” asserts he and those with him will not waver in their devotion to the one almighty God.

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“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.

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Joshua 24:15 Translation & Meaning

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And if וְאִם֩ Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
it seem evil רַ֨ע Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) seem evil
unto you מִ֣י Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix unto you
to serve לַֽעֲבֹ֣ד To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc serve
the Lord, יְהוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
choose בַּֽחֲר֨וּ Properly, to try, i.e., (by implication) select choose
you this day הַיּוֹם֮ A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
whom בְּֽעֵינֵיכֶ֜ם An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) whom
ye will serve; תַֽעֲבֹדוּן֒ To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc serve
whether אִ֣ם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not whether
the gods אֱלֹהִ֞ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative gods
which אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
your fathers אֲבֽוֹתֵיכֶ֗ם Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application fathers
served עָֽבְד֣וּ To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc served
that אֲשֶׁר֙ Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
were (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
on the other side בֵּעֵ֣בֶר Properly, a region across; but used only adverbially (with or without a preposition) on the opposite side (especially of the Jordan; ususally meaning the east) other side
of the flood, הַנָּהָ֔ר A stream (including the sea; expectation the Nile, Euphrates, etc.); figuratively, prosperity flood
or וְאִם֙ Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not or
the gods אֱלֹהֵ֣י Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative gods
of the Amorites, הָֽאֱמֹרִ֔י An Emorite, one of the Canaanitish tribes Amorites
in whose land בְּאַרְצָ֑ם The earth (at large, or partitively a land) whose land
ye אַתֶּ֖ם Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you ye
dwell: יֹֽשְׁבִ֣ים Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry dwell
but as for me וְאָֽנֹכִ֣י I but as for me
and my house, וּבֵיתִ֔י A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
we will serve נַֽעֲבֹ֖ד To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc serve
the Lord. יְהוָֽה׃ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord

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  • 13  And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.

  • 14  Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

  • 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.

  • 16  And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;

  • 17  For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:




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