24:7 your eyes saw. The people of Joshua’s day are spoken of as having participated in the redemptive events of the past. This emphasizes that they must see the goodness of God towards them not only in their personal experience, but also in the larger history of their people. See note 4:23, 24.
in the wilderness a long time. A few words summarize everything from the crossing of the sea to the arrival at the land. See note on vv. 5–7.