1 After the death of Moses, the servant of the LORD, the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 "Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore, up and go over Jordan, both thou and all this people, unto the land the which I give unto the children of Israel. 3 All the places that the soles of your feet shall tread upon, have I given you, as I said unto Moses: 4 from the wilderness and this Lebanon unto the great river Euphrates; and all the land of the Hittites, even unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coasts. 5 There shall not a man be able to withstand thee all the days of thy life. For as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee and will neither leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and bold: for unto this people shalt thou divide the land which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Above all things, be strong and harden thyself, to observe and to do according to all the laws which Moses my servant commanded thee. Turn there from neither to the righthand, nor to the left: that thou mayest have understanding in all thou takest in hand. 8 Let not the book of this law depart out of thy mouth: but record therein day and night that thou mayest be circumspect to do according to all that is written therein. For then shalt thou make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have understanding. 9 Behold, I have said unto thee, be strong and bold: neither fear, nor dread. For the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 "Go through the midst of the host, and command the people, saying, 'Prepare you victuals: for after three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go and enjoy the land which the LORD your God giveth you, to possess it.'"
12 And unto the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh spake Joshua, saying, 13 "Remember that which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, 'The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. 14 Let your wives, your children and your cattle remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan: But go ye before your brethren armed, all that be men of war, and help them 15 until the LORD hath given your brethren rest, as he hath you, and until they also have obtained the land which the LORD your God giveth them. And then return unto the land of your possession and enjoy it, which land Moses the LORD's servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sun rising."
16 And they answered Joshua, saying, "All that thou biddest us, we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. 17 According as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey thee; only the LORD thy God be with thee as he was with Moses. 18 And whosoever disobey thy mouth, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, let him die: Only be strong and of good courage."