Joshua 1:8-18 NIV

8 Do not let this Book of the Law1 depart from your mouth;2 meditate3 on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.4

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9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified;5 do not be discouraged,6 for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."7

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10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:8

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11 "Go through the camp9 and tell the people, 'Get your supplies10 ready. Three days11 from now you will cross the Jordan12 here to go in and take possession13 of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.' "

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12 But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh,14 Joshua said,

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13 "Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: 'The LORD your God is giving you rest15 and has granted you this land.'

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14 Your wives,16 your children and your livestock may stay in the land17 that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, fully armed,18 must cross over ahead of your brothers.19 You are to help your brothers

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15 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."20

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16 Then they answered Joshua, "Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.21

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17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you.22 Only may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses.

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      18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey23 your words, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!24"

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