Joshua 24:21
New International Version
But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the LORD.”

New Living Translation
But the people answered Joshua, “No, we will serve the LORD!”

English Standard Version
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

Berean Study Bible
“No!” replied the people. “We will serve the LORD!”

King James Bible
And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

New King James Version
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD!”

New American Standard Bible
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

NASB 1995
The people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

NASB 1977
And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.”

Amplified Bible
The people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve [only] the LORD.”

Christian Standard Bible
“No! ” the people answered Joshua. “We will worship the LORD.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No!” the people answered Joshua. “We will worship the LORD.”

American Standard Version
And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the people said to Yeshua: “For us there is no worship of another, but LORD JEHOVAH, he is the God we serve!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the people said to Joshua, Nay, but we will serve the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
But the people shouted, "We won't worship any other gods. We will worship and obey only the LORD!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the people said to Josue: No, it shall not be so as thou sayest, but we will serve the Lord.

English Revised Version
And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

Good News Translation
The people said to Joshua, "No! We will serve the LORD."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people answered Joshua, "No! We will [only] serve the LORD!"

International Standard Version
"No," the people replied to Joshua. "We will serve the LORD."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the people said unto Joshua: 'Nay; but we will serve the LORD.'

Literal Standard Version
And the people say to Joshua, “No, but we serve YHWH!”

NET Bible
The people said to Joshua, "No! We really will worship the LORD!"

New Heart English Bible
The people said to Joshua, "No; but we will serve the LORD."

World English Bible
The people said to Joshua, "No; but we will serve Yahweh."

Young's Literal Translation
And the people saith unto Joshua, 'No, but Jehovah we do serve.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Choose Whom You will Serve
20If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and consume you, even after He has been good to you.” 21“No!” replied the people. “We will serve the LORD!” 22Then Joshua told them, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD.” “We are witnesses!” they said.…

Cross References
Joshua 24:20
If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, He will turn and bring disaster on you and consume you, even after He has been good to you."

Joshua 24:22
Then Joshua told them, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD." "We are witnesses!" they said.


Treasury of Scripture

And the people said to Joshua, No; but we will serve the LORD.

Nay

Exodus 19:8
And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Exodus 20:19
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Exodus 24:3,7
And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do…









(21) Nay; but we will serve the Lord.--Being brought to the point, no other answer was possible. If they must give up Jehovah or the idols, the idols must go first.

(22,23) Ye are witnesses . . . that ye have chosen you the Lord . . . Now therefore put away . . . the strange gods.--This was the practical conclusion to which Joshua desired that they should come. But we do not read that they did anything in obedience to these words. We read of no images being buried or burned, as in the days of Jacob by David (Genesis 35:4; 2Samuel 5:21). There is only a verbal promise: "The Lord our God will we serve, and His voice will we obey."



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“No!”
לֹ֕א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

replied
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

the people.
הָעָ֖ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

“We will serve
נַעֲבֹֽד׃ (na·‘ă·ḇōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

the LORD!”
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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