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24:2 Thus says the Lord. Joshua speaks with the authority of Moses (Deut. 5:27) and of a prophet (Deut. 18:15–19).
beyond the Euphrates. The reference is presumably to Ur (Gen. 11:28) or Haran (Gen. 11:31).
other gods. The pagan beginning underlines the grace of God to which this history testifies, and provides the background for the exhortation in v. 14.