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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or be dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.” Bible

“for Yahweh your God is with you.” This does not mean God would be physically with Joshua, but that He supports him; God’s spirit was upon Joshua (Num. 27:18; Deut. 34:9), and God was working in and through him (cp. Josh. 1:17; 3:7; God was “with” Jesus, Acts 10:38). Note that here God changes to speaking about Himself in 3rd person. That technique in conversation can sometimes add emphasis, and it likely did for Joshua.


Commentary for: Joshua 1:9