Joshua 1:1

1 After the death of Moses the LORD ’s servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said,

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 LORD ’s servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said,
2 “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.
3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—
4 from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’
5 No one will be able to stand 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.
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