After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD,1 the LORD said to Joshua2 son of Nun, Moses' aide:
"Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River34 into the land5 I am about to give to them6--to the Israelites.
I will give you every place where you set your foot,7 as I promised Moses.84
Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon,9 and from the great river, the Euphrates10--all the Hittite11 country--to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.125
No one will be able to stand against you13 all the days of your life. As I was with14 Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake15 you.
Be strong16 and courageous,17 because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors18 to give them.
"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey19 all the law20 my servant Moses21 gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,22 that you may be successful wherever you go.238
Keep this Book of the Law24 always on your lips;25 meditate26 on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.279
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;28 do not be discouraged,29 for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."3010
So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:3111
"Go through the camp32 and tell the people, 'Get your provisions33 ready. Three days34 from now you will cross the Jordan35 here to go in and take possession36 of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.' "
But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh,37 Joshua said,
"Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you after he said, 'The LORD your God will give you rest38 by giving you this land.'
Your wives,39 your children and your livestock may stay in the land40 that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle,41 must cross over ahead of the other Israelites.42 You are to help them
until the LORD gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land 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."4316
Then they answered Joshua, "Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.4417
Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you.45 Only may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses.
Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey46 it, whatever you may command them, is to be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!47"