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And it came to pass after the death of Moses the servant of Yahweh, that Yahweh spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, Bible

“the servant of Yahweh.” This is emphasized in Joshua chapter 1, and Moses is referred to as Yahweh’s “servant” 5 times in this one chapter (v. 1, 2, 7, 13, 15). The phrase is not that common, and Hebrews 3:5 may have had this in mind when it says that Moses was a faithful “servant.” However, other people are also referred to as “the servant of Yahweh” (cp. Joshua (Josh. 24:29; Judg. 2:8), although mostly by the phrase “my servant” (cp. Abraham (Gen. 26:24); Caleb (Num. 14:24); David (2 Sam. 3:18); Job (Job 1:8); Isaiah (Isa. 20:3); etc.).

“Yahweh spoke to Joshua.” The Bible does not say how God “spoke” to Joshua, but it could well have been in an audible voice.


Commentary for: Joshua 1:1