1 And after the death of Moses the servant of Jehovah, it came to pass 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, into the land which I am giving to them; to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon I have given to you, as I have
said to Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all
the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be
5 No man shall 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 abandon you nor forsake you.
6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the
land which I have sworn to their fathers to give to them.
7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may take heed to do according to all the
Law which Moses My servant has commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand
or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day
and night, that you may take heed to do according to all that is written in it. For then you
shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor 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 camp and command the people, saying, Prepare provisions for
yourselves, for within three days you are crossing over this Jordan, to go in to possess the
land which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess.
12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua spoke,
13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you, saying,
Jehovah your God is giving you rest and has given you this land.
14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land which Moses
has given you on this side of the Jordan. But you shall pass before your brethren armed, all
your mighty men of valor, and help them,
15 until Jehovah has given your brethren rest, as He has given you, and they also have
taken possession of the land which Jehovah your God is giving to them. Then you shall
return to possess the land of your inheritance, which Moses the servant of Jehovah has
given you on this side of the Jordan toward the sunrise.
16 So 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 have heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only Jehovah your
God be with you, as He was with Moses.
18 Whoever rebels against your mouth and does not heed your words in all that you
command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.