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Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the Torah that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. Bible

“very courageous.” The “very” could also be put before “strong” such that the phrase read, “be very strong and courageous.” But since in the Hebrew text the word “very” is before “courageous,” most translations read that way.

“Torah.” Here we see that the Book of Joshua, the first book in the Prophets in the Hebrew Bible, begins with a reminder to be anchored in the Torah. Studying the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, is essential to learn how to think and reason the way God does. [For more on the meaning of Torah, see commentary on Proverbs 1:8].

“have success.” The verb can mean “have success” (HALOT Hebrew-English Lexicon) but commonly it has to do with having understanding or prudence; and that gives good decision-making ablility, which leads to success.


Commentary for: Joshua 1:7