After the death of Moses the Lord's servant, the Lord spoke to Joshuaa son of Nun, who had served Moses:
"Moses My servant is dead.b Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am giving the Israelites.
I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses.c4
Your territory will be from the wilderness and Lebanon to the great Euphrates River-all the land of the Hittites-and west to the Mediterranean Sea.de5
No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you.f6
"Be strong and courageous,g for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance.h