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Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals (Joshua 23:1-16)

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Abstract

In 1 Corinthians 15:33, the apostle Paul quotes the Greek writer Menander when he writes, “bad company corrupts good morals” (this is the first quotation from Greek literature recorded in the New Testament). The concept, however, was not a new one. In fact, we see the same caution being offered over 1,400 years earlier by Joshua. In Joshua 23, this aging, courageous leader challenges the Israelites to faithfully complete the task at hand of removing the nations from their land, the good land the Lord had given them. In the meantime, they are to be careful not to align with these unbelieving nations, intermarry with them, or worship their false gods.

The same word of caution is advisable today. Believers must remain faithful to the Lord and fully committed to His Word. We must be careful to obey Him will all our hearts, and guard against the enticement of today’s “false gods.”

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