11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, [1] that ye love the Lord your God.

Other Translations of Joshua 23:11

New International Version

11 So be very careful to love the Lord your God.

English Standard Version

11 Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your God.

The Message

11 "Now, vigilantly guard your souls: Love God, your God.

New King James Version

11 Therefore take careful heed to yourselves, that you love the Lord your God.

New Living Translation

11 So be very careful to love the Lord your God.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Joshua 23:11

Commentary on Joshua 23:11-16

(Read Joshua 23:11-16)

Would we cleave to the Lord, we must always stand upon our guard, for many a soul is lost through carelessness. Love the Lord your God, and you will not leave him. Has God been thus true to you? Be not you false to him. He is faithful that has promised, Hebrews 10:23. The experience of every Christian witnesses the same truth. Conflicts may have been severe and long, trials great and many; but at the last he will acknowledge that goodness and mercy followed him all the days of his life. Joshua states the fatal consequences of going back; know for a certainty it will be your ruin. The first step would be, friendship with idolaters; the next would be, marrying with them; the end of that would be, serving their gods. Thus the way of sin is down-hill, and those who have fellowship with sinners, cannot avoid having fellowship with sin. He describes the destruction he warns them of. The goodness of the heavenly Canaan, and the free and sure grant God has made of it, will add to the misery of those who shall for ever be shut out from it. Nothing will make them see how wretched they are, so much, as to see how happy they might have been. Let us watch and pray against temptation. Let us trust in God's faithfulness, love, and power; let us plead his promises, and cleave to his commandments, then we shall be happy in life, in death, and for ever.