Joshua 1

1Moses was the Lord’s servant. Joshua son of Nun was Moses’ helper. After Moses died, the Lord spoke to Joshua. The Lord said, 2“My servant Moses is dead. Now you and these people must go across the Jordan River. You must go into the land I am giving to you, the people of Israel. 3I promised Moses that I would give you this land. So, I will give you that land wherever you go. 4All the land of the Hittite people, from the desert and Lebanon all the way to the Great River (that is, the Euphrates River) will be yours. And all the land from here to the Mediterranean Sea in the west (that is, the place where the sun sets) will be within your borders. 5I will be with you the same as I was with Moses. No person will be able to stop you all your life. I will not abandon you. I will never leave you. 6“Joshua, you must be strong and brave! You must lead these people so they can take their land. I promised their fathers that I would give them this land. 7But you must also be strong and brave about another thing. You must be sure to obey the commands my servant Moses gave you. If you follow his teachings exactly, then you will be successful in everything you do. 8Always remember the things written in that book of law. Study that book day and night. Then you can be sure to obey the things that are written there. If you do this, then you will be wise and successful in everything you do. 9Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. So don’t be scared, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 10So Joshua gave orders to the leaders of the people. He said, 11“Go through the camp and tell the people to get ready. Say to the people, 'Get some food ready. Three days from now we will go across the Jordan River. We will go and take the land that the Lord your God is giving you.’” 12Then Joshua spoke to the family groups of Reuben, Gad, and half of the family group of Manasseh. Joshua said, 13“Remember what the Lord’s servant Moses told you. He said that the Lord your God would give you a place to rest. The Lord will give you that land! 14In fact, the Lord has already given you this land east of the Jordan River. Your wives and children can stay in this land with your animals. But your fighting men must cross the Jordan River with your brothers. You must be ready for war and help them ˻take their land˼. 15The Lord gave you a place to rest, and he will do the same for your brothers. But you must help them until they get the land that the Lord their God is giving them. Then you can come back to your own land, the land east of the Jordan River. The Lord’s servant Moses gave you that land.” 16Then the people answered Joshua, “We will do whatever you command us to do! We will go wherever you tell us to go! 17We will obey whatever you say, the same as we obeyed Moses. We only ask one thing from the Lord. We ask that the Lord your God will be with you the same as he was with Moses. 18Then, if any person refuses to obey your commands or if any person turns against you, that person will be killed. Just be strong and brave!”

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