Joshua 1:1

God Commissions Joshua

1 After the death of Moses the 1servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' 2assistant,

Joshua 1:1 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 1:1

Now after the death of Moses
Or "and after" F8; the book begins as if something went before, it is connected with; and indeed it seems to be the last chapter of the book of Deuteronomy, which treats of the death of Moses; and Joshua being the penman of ( Deuteronomy 34:5-12 ) , as say the Talmudists F9, and of this book, as has been seen, having wrote them, he goes on with the history of his own affairs in strict connection with that account, beginning where that ended; namely, at the death of Moses, whose character here given is

the servant of the Lord;
and a faithful one he was in all things belonging to it, and in whatsoever was enjoined him by the Lord, see ( Deuteronomy 34:5 ) ;

and it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun,
Moses's minister;
either in a dream, or vision, or by an articulate voice out of the sanctuary: of Joshua's descent and relation, see ( Exodus 33:11 ) ; and of his office under Moses, not as a menial servant, but a minister of state, see ( Exodus 24:13 ) ;

as follows.


F8 (yhyw) "et factum est", V. L. "et fuit", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus.
F9 T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 14. 2.

Joshua 1:1 In-Context

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant,
2 "Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.
5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver. 13, 15; Exodus 14:31; Numbers 12:7; Deuteronomy 34:5
  • 2. Deuteronomy 1:38; [Exodus 24:13]
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