"Be strong and courageous,a for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance.b7
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?c 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.' "
Joshua said to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh:
"Remember what Moses the Lord's servant commanded you when he said, 'The Lord your God will give you rest, and He will give you this land.'d14
Your wives, young children, and livestock may remain in the land Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan.e But your fighting men must cross over in battle formationf ahead of your brothersg and help them
until the Lord gives our brothers rest, as [He has given] you, and they too possess the land the Lord your God is giving them. You may then return to the land of your inheritance and take possession of what Moses the Lord's servant gave you on the east side of the Jordan."
They answered Joshua, "Everything you have commanded us we will do, and everywhere you send us we will go.