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Joshua Chapter 1

Joshua 1:1
1:1 Now after the {a} death of Moses the servant of the LORD it
    came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of
    Nun, Moses' minister, saying,

 The Argument - In this book the Holy Spirit sets most lively
    before us the accomplishment of God's promise, who as he
    promised by the mouth of Moses, that a prophet would be
    raised up to the people like him, whom he wills to obey,
    Deuteronomy 18:15: so he shows himself true to his promise, as
    at all other times, and after the death of Moses his
    faithful servant, he raises up Joshua to be ruler and
    governor over his people, that they should neither be
    discouraged for lack of a captain, nor have reason to
    distrust God's promises later. So that Joshua might be
    confirmed in his calling, and the people also might have no
    opportunity to grudge, as though he were not approved by
    God: he is adorned with most excellent gifts and graces from
    God, both to govern the people with counsel, and to defend
    them with strength, that he lacks nothing which either
    belongs to a valiant captain, or a faithful minister. So he
    overcomes all difficulties, and brings them into the land of
    Canaan: which according to God's ordinance he divides among
    the people and appoints their borders: he established laws
    and ordinances, and put them in remembrance of God's
    revealed benefits, assuring them of his grace and favour if
    they obey God, and of his plagues and vengeance if they
    disobey him. This history represents Jesus Christ the true
    Joshua, who leads us into eternal happiness, signified to us
    by this land of Canaan.  From the beginning of Genesis to
    the end of this book is 2567 years. For from Adam to the
    flood are 1656, from the flood to the departure of Abraham
    out of Chaldea 423, and from then to the death of Joseph 290.
    So that Genesis contains 2369, Exodus 140, the other three
    books of Moses 40, Joshua 27. So the whole makes 2576 years.

    (a) The beginning of this book depends on the last chapter
        of Deuteronomy which was written by Joshua as a
        preparation to his history.

Joshua 1:4
1:4 From the {b} wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great
    river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the {c}
    Hittites, and unto the great {d} sea toward the going down
    of the sun, shall be your coast.

    (b) Of Zin, called Kadesh and Paran.
    (c) Meaning, the whole land of Canaan.
    (d) Called Mediterranean.

Joshua 1:7
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 {e} prosper whithersoever
    thou goest.

    (e) He shows where true prosperity consists, even to obey
        the word of God.

Joshua 1:8
1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but
    thou shalt meditate therein day and {f} 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.

    (f) Showing that it is not possible to govern well, without
        the continual study of God's word.

Joshua 1:11
1:11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying,
     Prepare you victuals; for {g} 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.

     (g) Meaning, from the day that this was proclaimed,
         Joshua 3:2.

Joshua 1:13
1:13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD
     commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you
     rest, and hath given you this {h} land.

     (h) Which belonged to Sihon the king of the Amorites, and
         Og king of Bashan.

Joshua 1:15
1:15 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 {i} gave you on this side Jordan toward the

     (i) By your request, but yet by God's secret appointment,
         Deuteronomy 33:21.

Joshua 1:17
1:17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, {k} so
     will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with
     thee, as he was with Moses.

     (k) They not only promise to obey him as long as God is
         with him: but to help punish all who rebel against him.

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