Joshua 1:10-18

Joshua speaks to the Israelites

10 So Joshua commanded the leaders of the people, 11 ‘Go through all the places where the people live. Tell them to get food ready for a journey. In three days, you will cross the Jordan river. You will begin to take the land for yourselves. This is the land that the Lord your God is ready to give to you.’

12 Moses had given land east of the Jordan to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh. Joshua said to these tribes, 13 ‘Remember what Moses, the Lord's servant, told you. The Lord your God is giving to you a place to rest safely. He has given this land to you. 14 Your wives, children and animals can stay in this land that Moses gave you, east of the Jordan river. But your strong men must cross the river, with their weapons. They must go in front of the other Israelite tribes. You must help them 15 until the Lord gives them a place to rest, as he has already given to you. When all the other tribes are safe in the land, you may return to the land east of the Jordan. Moses gave this land to you.’

1:13‘Rest’ was very special to the people of Israel. It meant that they had a land where they could grow food and live safely.

16 The people said to Joshua, ‘We will do whatever you tell us. And we will go wherever you send us. 17 As we always obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. The Lord your God was with Moses. So we pray that the Lord will be with you too. 18 If anyone turns against you and he does not obey your commands, we will make sure that he dies. You must be very strong and brave.’