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Joshua 1

Joshua installed as leader

1After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant: ‘Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the River Jordan into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates – all the Hittite country – to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

‘Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’

10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 ‘Go through the camp and tell the people, “Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.”’

12 But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, 13 ‘Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you after he said, “The Lord your God will give you rest by giving you this land.” 14 Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle, must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites. You are to help them 15 until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you east of the Jordan towards the sunrise.’

16 Then they answered Joshua, ‘Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!’

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Josua 1

Herrens løfte til Josva

1Efter at Moses var død, sagde Herren til hans medhjælper Josva, Nuns søn:

„Min tjener Moses er død. Nu er det dig, som skal føre israelitterne over Jordanfloden og ind i det land, jeg vil give dem. Hvad jeg sagde til Moses, siger jeg til dig: De områder, I erobrer i landet, skal tilhøre jer, fra Negevs ørken i syd til Libanons bjerge mod nord, ja, helt op til den store flod, Eufratfloden, og ud til Middelhavet mod vest, hele det land, hittitterne nu bor i. Ingen vil kunne holde stand imod dig, så længe du lever, for jeg vil være med dig, som jeg var med Moses. Jeg vil ikke svigte dig eller forlade dig.

Stå fast og vær modig, for du skal lede mit folk i erobringen af hele det land, jeg har lovet jeres forfædre. Ret dig omhyggeligt efter de forordninger, Moses gav dig. Hold fast ved dem, så vil tingene lykkes for dig. Mind hele tiden folket om disse love—og selv skal du tænke på dem døgnet rundt, så du handler efter dem, for så vil det gå dig godt, og du vil lykkes. Jeg siger det igen: Stå fast og vær modig! Vær ikke bange eller frygtsom! Husk, at jeg er Herren, din Gud, og jeg vil hjælpe dig med alt, hvad du skal gøre.”

Josva befaler folket at gøre sig klar

10 Så sagde Josva til folkets ledere: 11 „Gå rundt i lejren og sig til folket: Gør jer klar, for om tre dage går vi over Jordanfloden for at tage det land i besiddelse, som Gud har lovet os.”

12 Til lederne for Rubens, Gads og Manasses halve stamme sagde han: 13 „Husk, hvad Guds tjener Moses sagde til jer: Herren, jeres Gud, har givet jer landet øst for Jordanfloden. 14 Jeres koner, børn og kvæg har lov at blive her på østsiden, men alle våbenføre mænd skal gå over Jordanfloden i spidsen for de andre stammer og hjælpe dem med at indtage deres områder på den anden side. 15 I skal kæmpe sammen med dem, indtil de har erobret det land, Herren har givet dem. Derefter må I vende tilbage og bosætte jer øst for Jordanfloden, hvor Moses tildelte jer land.”

16 „Alt, hvad du siger, vil vi gøre,” svarede de. „Og hvor som helst, du sender os, vil vi gå. 17 Vi vil adlyde dig, som vi adlød Moses. Må Herren din Gud være med dig, som han var med Moses. 18 Enhver, der ikke vil adlyde dig, skal dø. Stå fast og vær modig.”