Joshua Chapter 1
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.
14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them;
15 Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD'S servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.
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Matthew Henry's Joshua Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
Here is the history of Israel's passing into the land of Canaan, conquering and dividing it, under the command of Joshua, and their history until his death. The power and truth of God in fulfilling his promises to Israel, and in executing his justly threatened vengeance on the Canaanites, are wonderfully displayed. This should teach us to regard the tremendous curses denounced in the word of God against impenitent sinners, and to seek refuge in Christ Jesus.The Lord appoints Joshua to succeed Moses. (1-4) God promises to assist Joshua. (5-9) Preparation to pass over Jordan. (10-15) The people promise to obey Joshua. (16-18)1-4 Joshua had attended upon Moses. He who was called to honour, had been long used to business. Our Lord Jesus took upon him the form of a servant. Joshua was trained up under command. Those are fittest to rule, who have learned to obey. The removal of useful men should quicken survivors to be the more diligent in doing good. Arise, go over Jordan. At this place and at this time the banks were overflowed. Joshua had no bridge or boats, and yet he must believe that God, having ordered the people over, would open a way.
5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. He is charged to meditate therein day and night, that he might understand it. Whatever affairs of this world we have to mind, we must not neglect the one thing needful. All his orders to the people, and his judgments, must be according to the law of God. Joshua must himself be under command; no man's dignity or dominion sets him above the law of God. He is to encourage himself with the promise and presence of God. Let not the sense of thine own infirmities dishearten thee; God is all-sufficient. I have commanded, called, and commissioned thee to do it, and will be sure to bear thee out in it. When we are in the way of duty, we have reason to be strong and very bold. Our Lord Jesus, as Joshua here, was borne up under his sufferings by a regard to the will of God, and the commandment from his Father.
10-15 Joshua says to the people, Ye shall pass over Jordan, and shall possess the land; because God had said so to him. We honour the truth of God, when we stagger not at the promise of God. The two tribes and a half were to go over Jordan with their brethren. When God, by his providence, has given us rest, we ought to consider what service we may do to our brethren.
16-18 The people of Israel engage to obey Joshua; All that thou commandest us to do we will readily do, without murmuring or disputing, and whithersoever thou sendest us we will go. The best we can ask of God for our magistrates, is, that they may have the presence of God; that will make them blessings to us, so that in seeking this for them, we consult our own interest. May we be enabled to enlist under the banner of the Captain of our salvation, to be obedient to his commands, and to fight the good fight of faith, with all that trust in and love his name, against all who oppose his authority; for whoever refuses to obey him must be destroyed.
Cheryl's Joshua Chapter 1 comment on 8/21/2014, 10:08am...
Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, for the Lord is with you where ever you go. This verse has really ministered to my heart, because God is showing us that no matter where we go or what we are going through God will be with us always. Please pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen me as I walk in the way that is right and pleasing unto Him.
Assata's Joshua Chapter 1 comment about verse 3 on 8/09/2014, 6:45am...
What does that mean? Like what the colonists did to the native americans? Do they get the land also by peaceful means?
Ongoyaeli's Joshua Chapter 1 comment on 8/06/2014, 6:39am...
Joshua was obedient to God and to Moses his spiritual father
Gail's Joshua Chapter 1 comment on 7/02/2014, 2:43am...
remember this one thing,we have to stand for something,or we will fall for anything.
Gail's Joshua Chapter 1 comment about verse 9 on 7/02/2014, 2:39am...
this is a inspiring veres, one thing we should know is that the lord never leave us we leave him,we can always stand asure of the lord strength so long as we stay connented to him.
Oye Olayinka's Joshua Chapter 1 comment on 6/21/2014, 9:51pm...
The Rubenites, the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh kept their promise. Though they had got their inheritance before others, they did not change their minds. The men of war left their families behind to help their brethren get their own inheritance too through wars. It is good to keep our promise no matter what.
Kwasaanga's Joshua Chapter 1 comment about verse 3 on 5/10/2014, 7:38am...
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