MLV(i) 1 Now it happened after the death of Moses the servant of Jehovah, that Jehovah spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I give to them, even to the sons of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your* foot will tread upon, to you* I have given it, as I spoke to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even to the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites and to the great sea toward the going down of the sun, will be your* border.
5 There will not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not fail you, nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for you will cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7 Only be strong and very courageous to observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded you. Turn not from it, neither to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
8 This book of the law will not depart out of your mouth, but you will meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be frightened, neither be dismayed, for Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go.
10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, Prepare food for you*, for within three days you* are to pass over this Jordan to go in to possess the land, which Jehovah your* God gives you* to possess it.
12 And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua spoke, saying, 13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you*, saying, Jehovah your* God gives you* rest and will give you* this land. 14 Your* wives, your* little ones and your* cattle, will abide in the land which Moses gave you* beyond the Jordan, but you* will pass over before your* brothers armed, all the mighty men of valor and will help them 15 until Jehovah has given your* brothers rest, as you* and they also have possessed the land which Jehovah your* God gives them. Then you* will return to the land of your* possession and possess it, which Moses the servant of Jehovah gave you* beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.
16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that you have commanded us we will do and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just-as we listened to Moses in all things, so will we listen to you. Only Jehovah your God be with you, as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever he is who will rebel against your commandment and will not listen to your words in all that you command him, he will be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.