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.h7
Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go.
This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.
Haven't I commanded you: be strong and courageous?i Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people:
"Go through the camp and tell the people, 'Get provisions ready for yourselves, for within three days you will be crossing the Jordan to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you to inherit.' "