And the Lord, he [it is] that doth go before
The Word of the Lord, his Shechinah, according to the above Targum, and so in the next clause; the same that brought Israel out of Egypt, had gone before them in the wilderness, and now would go before Joshua and them into the land of Canaan:
he will be with thee;
to guide and direct, to assist and strengthen, to protect and defend, to give success to his arms, and victory over his enemies:
he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee;
not fail to give him counsel and direction, to afford him strength, and to fill him with courage, and to deliver his enemies into his hands; nor forsake him till he had finished the work he was to do, had made a complete conquest of the Canaanites, and settled the people of Israel in their land:
fear not, neither be dismayed;
at the number and strength of the enemy, nor at any difficulties that might lie in the way of finishing so great an undertaking, since the Lord would be with him; see ( Romans 8:31 ) .