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Joshua 1:1-18

1  And after the death of Jehovah’s servant Moses, Jehovah said to Joshuaʽ the son of Nun, Moses’s attendant, 2  “My servant Moses is dead; now set out and cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the country I am giving to them. 3  Every place that your foot shall tread on I have given to you, as I promised Moses. 4  From the wilderness and the Lebanon to the great river, the river Euphrates, and to the great sea where the sun sets, shall be your territory. 5  Not a man shall stand his ground before you as long as you live; as I was with Moses I will be with you; I will not neglect you nor abandon you. 6  Courage, and do your best, because you shall establish this people in the country I swore to their fathers to give them. 7  Only courage, and do your very best to take care to live up to all that my servant Moses enjoined upon you; do not turn from it to right or to left, in order that you may do well wherever you go. 8  This book of the code is never to pass out of your mouth: you are to study it day and night, in order that you may take care to live up to everything that is written in it, because then you will succeed in your efforts and will do well. 9  You have my orders: courage, and do your best; do not be overawed nor dismayed, because your God Jehovah is with you wherever you go.” 10  And Joshuaʽ gave orders to the marshals of the people, 11  “Pass through the interior of the camp and give the people the order ‘Get ready provisions for yourselves, because in three days more you are crossing this Jordan to go in to take possession of the country your God Jehovah is giving to you to possess.’” 12  And to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshuaʽ said 13  “Remember the thing Jehovah’s servant Moses enjoined on you: your God Jehovah is bringing you to rest and giving you this country; 14  your women, your children, and your stock shall stay in the country Jehovah’s servant Moses gave you on the other side of the Jordan, but you shall go over under arms before your brothers, all the first-class men, and help them, 15  till Jehovah brings your brothers to rest like you and they too take possession of the country your God Jehovah is giving them, and you come back to the country that is your possession, which Jehovah’s servant Moses gave to you on the other side of the Jordan.” 16  And they answered Joshuaʽ “We will do just as you have ordered us and go wherever you send us; 17  we will obey you just the same as we obeyed Moses; only your God Jehovah be with you as he was with Moses. 18  Any man who disobeys you and does not listen to your words as to any order you give us shall be put to death; only courage, and do your best.”