When Moses had finished saying these things to all the people of Israel,
References for Deuteronomy 31:1
he said, "I am now 120 years old and am no longer able to lead you. The LORD has told me that I will not cross the Jordan River.
But the LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua is your new leader, and he will go with you, just as the LORD promised.
The LORD will destroy the nations living in the land, just as he destroyed Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites.
The LORD will hand over to you the people who live there, and you will deal with them as I have commanded you.
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid of them! The LORD your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you."
Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched he said to him, "Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the LORD swore to give their ancestors. You are the one who will deliver it to them as their inheritance.
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you."
So Moses wrote down this law and gave it to the priests, who carried the Ark of the LORD's covenant, and to the leaders of Israel.
Then Moses gave them this command: "At the end of every seventh year, the Year of Release, during the Festival of Shelters,
you must read this law to all the people of Israel when they assemble before the LORD your God at the place he chooses.