“Now therefore, fear Yahweh and serve him in integrity and in faithfulness. Get rid of the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve Yahweh. Bible see other translations

“beyond the River.” That is, beyond the Euphrates River, where Abraham came from. It is possible that some of the gods of Mesopotamia were still hanging around the people after hundreds of years, or, more likely, the gods of the Canaanites were the same as some of those Mesopotamian gods.

Commentary for: Joshua 24:14