Deuteronomy 31:6

6 1Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, 2for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. 3He will not leave you or forsake you."

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Deuteronomy 31:6 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage
The Septuagint version is,

``play the men, and be strong;''

be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, trusting and relying on him that goes before you; and so take heart, and be of good courage, and act the manly part; the apostle seems to refer to this passage, ( 1 Corinthians 16:13 ) ;

fear not, nor be afraid of them;
their enemies, though so numerous, so mighty, and some of them of a gigantic stature, and their cities strong and well fenced:

for the Lord thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee:
in comparison of whom, numbers of men, their strength of body, and fortified places, signify nothing:

he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee;
not fail to fulfil his promises to them, not leave them till he had given them complete victory over their enemies, put them into the possession of their land, and settled them in it. This promise, though made to literal Israel, belongs to the spiritual Israel of God, and is made good to every true believer in the Lord; see ( Hebrews 13:5 ) .

Deuteronomy 31:6 In-Context

4 And the LORD will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them.
5 And the LORD will give them over to you, and you shall do to them according to the whole commandment that I have commanded you.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."
7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it.
8 It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."

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Cross References 3

  • 1. ver. 23; Joshua 1:6, 7; Joshua 10:25; 1 Chronicles 22:13; 1 Chronicles 28:20
  • 2. See Deuteronomy 20:4
  • 3. Joshua 1:5
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