Joshua 1

God’s Charge to Joshua

1Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the  Lord, that the  Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’
Or minister
servant, saying,
2Moses b  My servant is dead; now therefore arise, c  cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 d  Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4 e  From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. 5 f  No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; g  I will not fail you or forsake you. 6 h  Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7Only be strong and very courageous;
Lit observe
j  be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may
Or act wisely
have success wherever you go.
8 l  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may
Lit observe
be careful to do according to all that is written in it; n  for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will
Or act wisely
have success.
9Have I not commanded you? p  Be strong and courageous! q  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the  Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua Assumes Command

10Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within r  three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the  Lord your God is giving you, to possess it.’”

12 s  To the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua
Lit said, saying
13Remember the word which Moses the servant of the  Lord commanded you, saying, ‘ u  The  Lord your God gives you rest and will give you this land.’ 14Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle shall remain in the land which Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but you shall cross before your brothers in battle array, all your valiant warriors, and shall help them, 15until the  Lord gives your brothers rest, as He gives you, and they also possess the land which the  Lord your God is giving them. v  Then you shall return to
Lit the land of your possession
your own land, and possess
Lit it
that which Moses y  the servant of the  Lord gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

16They answered Joshua, saying, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you; only z  may the  Lord your God be with you as He was with Moses. 18Anyone who rebels against your
Lit mouth
command and does not obey your words in all that you command him, shall be put to death; only be strong and courageous.”
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