Joshua 24:25
New International Version
On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws.

New Living Translation
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day at Shechem, committing them to follow the decrees and regulations of the LORD.

English Standard Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place statutes and rules for them at Shechem.

Berean Study Bible
On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he established for them a statute and ordinance.

New American Standard Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

New King James Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

King James Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Christian Standard Bible
On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people at Shechem and established a statute and ordinance for them.

Contemporary English Version
Joshua helped Israel make an agreement with the LORD that day at Shechem. Joshua made laws for Israel

Good News Translation
So Joshua made a covenant for the people that day, and there at Shechem he gave them laws and rules to follow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people at Shechem and established a statute and ordinance for them.

International Standard Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, making statutes and ordinances in Shechem.

NET Bible
That day Joshua drew up an agreement for the people, and he established rules and regulations for them in Shechem.

New Heart English Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That day Joshua made an agreement for the people and set up laws and rules for them at Shechem.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

New American Standard 1977
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and set them statutes and laws in Shechem.

King James 2000 Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

American King James Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

American Standard Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So Joshua made a covenant with the people on that day, and gave them a law and an ordinance in Selo before the tabernacle of the God of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Josue therefore on that day made a covenant, and set before the people commandments and judgments in Sichem.

Darby Bible Translation
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

English Revised Version
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Webster's Bible Translation
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

World English Bible
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joshua maketh a covenant with the people on that day, and layeth on it a statute and an ordinance, in Shechem.
Study Bible
Choose Whom You will Serve
24So the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey His voice.” 25On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he established for them a statute and ordinance. 26Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was near the sanctuary of the LORD.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:25
And Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a log. And when he cast it into the waters, they were sweetened. There the LORD made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there He tested them,

Exodus 24:8
So Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, "This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."

2 Kings 11:17
Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people that they would be the LORD's people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people.

Treasury of Scripture

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

made

Exodus 15:25
And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

Exodus 24:3,7,8
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…

Deuteronomy 5:2,3
The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb…

in Shechem

Joshua 24:1,26
And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God…







Lexicon
On that
הַה֑וּא (ha·hū)
Article | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

day
בַּיּ֣וֹם (bay·yō·wm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

Joshua
יְהוֹשֻׁ֧עַ (yə·hō·wō·šu·a‘)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3091: Joshua -- 'the LORD is salvation', Moses' successor, also the name of a number of Israelites

made
וַיִּכְרֹ֨ת (way·yiḵ·rōṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3772: To cut, to destroy, consume, to covenant

a covenant
בְּרִ֛ית (bə·rîṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1285: A covenant

for the people,
לָעָ֖ם (lā·‘ām)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

and there at Shechem
בִּשְׁכֶֽם׃ (biš·ḵem)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7927: Shechem -- 'ridge', a district in Northern Palestine, also a son of Hamor

he established
וַיָּ֥שֶׂם (way·yā·śem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

for them
ל֛וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

a statute
חֹ֥ק (ḥōq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute

and ordinance.
וּמִשְׁפָּ֖ט (ū·miš·pāṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style
(25) So Joshua made a covenant--i.e., a covenant that idolatry should not be tolerated in Israel, or suffered to exist. We read of similar covenants in the reign of Asa (2Chronicles 15:12-13), in the reign of Joash, by Jehoiada (2Chronicles 23:16), and of Josiah (2Chronicles 34:31-32).

Verse 25. - So Joshua made a covenant. Literally, cut a covenant, a phrase common to the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin tongues, and derived from the custom of sacrifice, in which the victims were cut in pieces and offered to the deity invoked in ratification of the engagement. The word used for covenant, berith, is derived from another word having the same meaning. This appears more probable than the suggestion of some, that the berith is derived from the practice of ratifying an agreement by a social meal. And set them a statute and ordinance. Or, appointed them a statute and a judgment. The word translated "statute" is derived from the same root as our word hack, signifying to cut, and hence to engrave in indelible characters. The practice of engraving inscriptions, proclamations, and the like, on tablets was extremely common in the East. We have instances of it in the two tables of the law, and in the copy of the law engraven in stones on Mount Ebal. The Moabite stone is another instance. And the Egyptian, Assyrian, and Babylonian monarchs seem to have written much of their history in this way (see note on Joshua 8:32). The word rendered "ordinance" is far more frequently rendered "judgment" in our version, and seems to have the original signification of a thing set upright, as a pillar on a secure foundation. In Shechem (see note on ver. 1). 24:15-28 It is essential that the service of God's people be performed with a willing mind. For LOVE is the only genuine principle whence all acceptable service of God can spring. The Father seeks only such to worship him, as worship him in spirit and in truth. The carnal mind of man is enmity against God, therefore, is not capable of such spiritual worship. Hence the necessity of being born again. But numbers rest in mere forms, as tasks imposed upon them. Joshua puts them to their choice; but not as if it were indifferent whether they served God or not. Choose you whom ye will serve, now the matter is laid plainly before you. He resolves to do this, whatever others did. Those that are bound for heaven, must be willing to swim against the stream. They must not do as the most do, but as the best do. And no one can behave himself as he ought in any station, who does not deeply consider his religious duties in family relations. The Israelites agree with Joshua, being influenced by the example of a man who had been so great a blessing to them; We also will serve the Lord. See how much good great men do, by their influence, if zealous in religion. Joshua brings them to express full purpose of heart to cleave to the Lord. They must come off from all confidence in their own sufficiency, else their purposes would be in vain. The service of God being made their deliberate choice, Joshua binds them to it by a solemn covenant. He set up a monument of it. In this affecting manner Joshua took his last leave of them; if they perished, their blood would be upon their own heads. Though the house of God, the Lord's table, and even the walls and trees before which we have uttered our solemn purposes of serving him, would bear witness against us if we deny him, yet we may trust in him, that he will put his fear into our hearts, that we shall not depart from him. God alone can give grace, yet he blesses our endeavours to engage men to his service.
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