(1:3-5) God promises to give Joshua all of the land
that his "foot shall tread upon." He says that none of the people he
encounters will be able to resist him. But God didn't keep
his promise; many tribes withstood Joshua's attempt to steal their
land. (Joshua 15:63, 16:10, 17:12-13,
Judges 1:21, 1:27,
(1:3) "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you."
Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that
the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou,
and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the
children of Israel.
Every place that the
sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said
From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river
Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the
going down of the sun, shall be your coast.||
There shall not any man
be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with
Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.||
(1:5) "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee."
Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide
for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.||
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Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not
from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper
withersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt
meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to
all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous,
and then thou shalt have good success.||
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever
"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
Donald Rumsfeld sent this verse to inspire the troops during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you
victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to
possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.
And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of
Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,||
Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you,
saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.||
Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land
which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your
brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them;||
Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and
they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God giveth them: then
ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses
the LORD's servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.||
And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do,
and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.||
According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken
unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.||
Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not
hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to
death: only be strong and of a good courage.||
Whosoever ... will not hearken unto thy words ... shall be put to death.
Whoever disobeys Joshua must be killed.