But if it seems evil in your eyes to serve Yahweh, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods that your fathers served that were beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh.” Bible see other translations

“if it seems evil.” In this context, “evil” does not mean morally evil, but “unprofitable,” somehow hurtful. Joshua is saying that if the people see no value in serving Yahweh, then they should choose who they will serve.

“the gods that were beyond the Euphrates River.” The gods go with the land, and influence what happens in their domain.

Commentary for: Joshua 24:15