God’s Command to Joshua
1After Moses, the servant of the Lord, died, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. 2The Lord said, “My servant Moses is dead. Now you and all these people go across the Jordan River into the land I am giving to the Israelites. 3I promised Moses I would give you this land, so I will give you every place you go in the land. 4All the land from the desert in the south to Lebanon in the north will be yours. All the land from the great river, the Euphrates, in the east, to the Mediterranean Sea in the west will be yours, too, including the land of the Hittites. 5No one will be able to defeat you all your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forget you.
6“Joshua, be strong and brave! You must lead these people so they can take the land that I promised their fathers I would give them. 7Be strong and brave. Be sure to obey all the teachings my servant Moses gave you. If you follow them exactly, you will be successful in everything you do. 8Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings. Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything. 9Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.”
Joshua’s Orders to the People
10Then Joshua gave orders to the officers of the people: 11“Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan River and take the land the Lord your God is giving you.’ ”
12Then Joshua said to the people of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh, 13“Remember what Moses, the servant of the Lord, told you. He said the Lord your God would give you rest and would give you this land. 14Now the Lord has given you this land east of the Jordan River. Your wives, children, and animals may stay here, but your fighting men must dress for war and cross the Jordan River ahead of your brothers to help them. 15The Lord has given you a place to rest and will do the same for your brothers. But you must help them until they take the land the Lord their God is giving them. Then you may return to your own land east of the Jordan River, the land that Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave you.”
16Then the people answered Joshua, “Anything you command us to do, we will do. Any place you send us, we will go. 17Just as we fully obeyed Moses, we will obey you. We ask only that the Lord your God be with you just as he was with Moses. 18Whoever refuses to obey your commands or turns against you will be put to death. Just be strong and brave!”