Encouragement of Joshua
1After the death of Moses1:1 Dt 34:5 the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun,1:1 Ex 17:8–13; 33:11; Nm 13:8,16; 14:6–9; 27:18–23; Dt 31:2–8; 1Ch 7:20,27 Moses’s assistant:
2“Moses my servant is dead.1:2 Dt 34:5–8 Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan1:2 Jos 1:11 to the land I am giving the Israelites.
3I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads,1:3–5 Dt 11:24–25 just as I promised Moses.
4Your territory will be from the wilderness and Lebanon1:4 Gn 15:18; Nm 34:3 to the great river, the Euphrates River — all the land of the Hittites1:4 Gn 10:15; 15:19–21 — and west to the Mediterranean Sea.1:4 Dt 11:24; 1Kg 4:21,24–25; 8:65
6“Be strong and courageous,1:6 Jos 1:18; 10:25; 1Kg 2:2–3; 1Ch 22:13; 28:20; Ps 27:14; 31:24 for you will distribute the land I swore to their ancestors to give them as an inheritance.1:6 Gn 15:18; Ex 32:13; Dt 15:4
7Above all, be strong and very courageous to observe carefully the whole instruction my servant Moses commanded you.1:7 Dt 5:32; 20:1–2; 21:1–3 Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go.
8This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth;1:8 Dt 31:24; Jos 8:34 you are to meditate on1:8 Or to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.1:8 Dt 29:9; Ps 1:1–3
Joshua Prepares the People
10Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people,
12Joshua said to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh,1:12 Nm 32:20–22
13“Remember what Moses the Lord’s servant commanded you when he said, ‘The Lord your God will give you rest, and he will give you this land.’1:13–15 Dt 3:18–20
14Your wives, dependents, and livestock may remain in the land Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan. But your best soldiers must cross over in battle formation1:14 Or over armed ahead of your brothers and help them
16They answered Joshua, “Everything you have commanded us we will do, and everywhere you send us we will go.
17We will obey you, just as we obeyed Moses in everything. Certainly the Lord your God will be with you, as he was with Moses.1:17 Jos 1:5,9
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