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Joshua 1:8-10 New English Translation (NET Bible)

This law scroll must not leave your lips.[a] You must memorize it[b] day and night so you can carefully obey[c] all that is written in it. Then you will prosper[d] and be successful.[e] I repeat,[f] be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic,[g] for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.”[h]

Joshua Prepares for the Invasion

10 Joshua instructed[i] the leaders of the people:


  1. Joshua 1:8 tn Heb “mouth.”sn This law scroll must not leave your lips. The ancient practice of reading aloud to oneself as an aid to memorization is in view here.
  2. Joshua 1:8 tn Heb “read it in undertones,” or “recite it quietly” (see HALOT 237 s.v. I הגה).
  3. Joshua 1:8 tn Heb “be careful to do.”
  4. Joshua 1:8 tn Heb “you will make your way prosperous.”
  5. Joshua 1:8 tn Heb “and be wise,” but the word can mean “be successful” by metonymy.
  6. Joshua 1:9 tn Heb “Have I not commanded you?” The rhetorical question emphasizes the importance of the following command by reminding the listener that it is being repeated.
  7. Joshua 1:9 tn Or perhaps, “don’t get discouraged!”
  8. Joshua 1:9 tn Heb “in all which you go.”
  9. Joshua 1:10 tn Or “commanded.”
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