And Joshua said to all the people, “This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: ‘In ancient times your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates River—Terah the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor—and they served other gods. Bible

“served.” The Hebrew means “to work for, to serve.” The worship of pagan gods (and Yahweh) often required quite heavy work, such as getting water, wood, and sacrifices.

Commentary for: Joshua 24:2