The LORD appointeth Joshua to succeed Moses.
Joshua 1:1 Afterthe deathe of Moses the seruaunt of þe Lord: þe Lord spake vnto Iosua the sonne of Nun Moses minister saying: Joshua 1:2 Moses my seruaunt is dead. Now therfore vp and go ouer Iordan, bothe thou & all this people, vnto the land the which I geue vnto the chyldren of Israel.
The borders of the promised land.
Joshua 1:3 Al the places that the sooles of youre fete shall treade vpon, haue I geuen you, as I sayd vnto Moses: Joshua 1:4 from the wyldernes and thys Lybanon vnto the great ryuer Euphrates: & all the lande of the Hethites, euen vnto the great sea towarde the goyng donne of the sunne, shall be youre coostes.
God promiseth to assist Joshua.
Joshua 1:5 There shall not a man be able to wythstande the all the dayes of thy lyfe. For as I was with Moses, so wyll I be wt the and wyl nether leaue the, nor forsake the. Joshua 1:6 Be strong and bolde: for vnto thys people shalt thou deuyde the land which I sware vnto theyr fathers to geue them. Joshua 1:7 Aboue all thynge be strong and harden thy selfe, to obserue & to do, accordynge to all the lawes which Moses my seruaunt commaunded the. Tourne there from nether to þe ryght hand nor to the lefte: that thou mayest haue vnderstandynge in all thou takest in hande
He giveth him instructions.
Joshua 1:8 let not the boke of thys lawe departe out of thy mouthe: But recorde therein daye & night that thou mayest be circumspect to do accordyng to all that is wrytten therein. For then shalt thou make thy waye prosperouse, & then thou shalt haue vnderstandyng.
God promiseth to assist Joshua.
Joshua 1:9 Beholde, I haue sayde vnto the, be strong and bolde: neyther feare, nor dreade. For the Lorde thy God is with the whether soeuer thou goest.
He prepareth the people to pass over Jordan.
Joshua 1:10 Then Iosua commaunded the offycers of the people, saying: Joshua 1:11 Go thorow the myddes of the hoste, and commaunde the people, saying: prepare you vytales: for after thre dayes ye shall passe ouer thys Iordan, to go and enioy the lande whiche the Lorde your God geueth you, to possesse it.
Joshua putteth the two tribes and half in mind of their promise to Moses.
Joshua 1:12 And vnto the Rubenites, Gadites, and halfe the trybe of Manasses spake Iosua, sayinge: Joshua 1:13 Remember that whiche Moses the seruaunt of the Lorde commaunded you, sayinge. The Lorde your God hath geuen you reast, & hath geuen you thys lande. Joshua 1:14 Let youre wyues, youre chyldren, and youre catell remayne in the lande which Moses gaue you on thys syde Iordan: But go ye before youre brethren Armyd, all that be men of warre, & helpe them Joshua 1:15 vntyll the Lorde haue geuen your brethren reast, as he hath you, and vntyll they also haue obtayned, the lande which the Lord youre God geueth them. And then retourne vnto the lande of youre possessyon and enioy it, which lande Moses the Lordes seruaunte gaue you on thys syde Iordan towarde the sunne rysynge.
They promise him fealty.
Joshua 1:16 And they aunswered Iosua sayinge: All that thou byddest vs, we wyll do, and whether soeuer thou sendest vs, we wyll go. Joshua 1:17 Accordyng as we obeyed Moses in all thynges, so we wyll obeye the, onelye the Lorde thy God be wyth the as he was wyth Moses. Joshua 1:18 And whosoeuer dysobeye thy mouth, and wyll not herken vnto thy wordes in all þt thou commaundest hym, let hym dye. Onely be stronge, and of good courage.