Joshua Commissioned as Moses’ Successor
Deu 31:1 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.
Deu 31:2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
Deu 31:3 The LORD thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the LORD hath said.
Deu 31:4 And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.
Deu 31:5 And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.
Deu 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Deu 31:7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
Deu 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Below are the Hebrew meanings of the last three verses. There is a difference in fear not and neither be dismayed. This section has really made a difference in my life as far as faith is concerned. God gave Joshua specific instructions on what he was to do, but more important, he told him that he would be with him, not fail him, and never forsake him. He told Joshua without a doubt that if he followed his instructions Israel would have overwhelming victory against her enemies. All they had to do was be obedient.
Hebrew words for verses 6, 7, 8:
Be strong – fasten upon, seize, conquer
Good courage – be alert, stedfast, fortify, harden
Fear not – don’t dread, be frightened
Nor be afraid – terrified, shake terribly, harass, be in awe
Go with thee – to walk
Will not fail thee – to slacken, cease, forsake
Nor forsake – to loosen or relinquish, leave
To inherit – to possess
He will not fail – same meaning as above
Nor forsake thee – same meaning as above
Fear not – same meaning as above
Neither be dismayed – to break down by violence, confusion, fear, be beat down