Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified;1 do not be discouraged,2 for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."310
So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:411
"Go through the camp5 and tell the people, 'Get your supplies6 ready. Three days7 from now you will cross the Jordan8 here to go in and take possession9 of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.' "
But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh,10 Joshua said,
"Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: 'The LORD your God is giving you rest11 and has granted you this land.'
Your wives,12 your children and your livestock may stay in the land13 that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, fully armed,14 must cross over ahead of your brothers.15 You are to help your brothers
until the LORD gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise."16