After the death of Moses the LORD's servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' assistant. He said,
"Now that my servant Moses is dead, you must lead my people across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.
I promise you what I promised Moses: 'Everywhere you go, you will be on land I have given you --
from the Negev Desert in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River on the east to the Mediterranean Sea a on the west, and all the land of the Hittites.'
No one will be able to stand their ground against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
"Be strong and courageous, for you will lead my people to possess all the land I swore to give their ancestors.
Be strong and very courageous. Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them, and you will be successful in everything you do.
Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.
I command you -- be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)