will be the One who will go across before you. It is He who will destroy these nations before you, so that you will expel them. Joshua will be the one who will lead you across, as
HaShem has promised.
will do the same to these nations that He did to the Amorite kings, Sichon and
Og. As you know, He annihilated them and their land. When HaShem gives you power over
these nations, you must do to them everything required by this mandate that I have prescribed to you.
Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid or feel insecure before them. HaShem
is the One who is going with you, and He will not fail you or forsake you.
Joshua; The Torah
Moses summoned Joshua, and in the presence of all Israel, said to him,
"Be strong and brave, since you will be the one to bring this nation
to the land that HaShem swore to their fathers that He would give it
to them. You will be the one to parcel it out to them. But HaShem will
be the One who will go before you, and He will be with you. He will
never forsake you or abandon you, so do not be afraid and do not let
your spirit be broken."
Moses then wrote down this Torah. He gave it to Levi's
descendants, the priests in charge of the ark of HaShem's covenant, and to the elders of Israel.
Moses then gave them the following commandment:
"At the end of each seven years, at a fixed time on the festival of Sukkoth, after the year of release,
when all Israel comes to present themselves before HaShem your Lord, in the place that He will choose, you must read
from this Torah before all Israel, so that they will be able to hear it.
You must gather together the people, the men, women, children and proselytes from your settlements, and let them hear it. They will thus learn to be in awe of
HaShem your Lord, carefully keeping all the words of this Torah. Their children, who do not know, will listen and learn to be in awe of
HaShem your Lord, as long as you live in the land which you are crossing the Jordan to
HaShem said to Moses, "The time is coming for you to die. Summon Joshua and let him stand in meditation in the Communion Tent, where I shall give him
Moses and Joshua went, and they stood in meditation in the Communion Tent.
HaShem appeared in the Tent in a pillar of cloud. The pillar of cloud stood at the Tent entrance.
said to Moses, "When you go and lie with your ancestors, this nation shall rise up and stray after the alien
gods of the land into which they are coming. They will thus abandon Me and violate the covenant that I have made with them.
I will then display anger against them and abandon them. I will hide My face from them and they will be
their enemies' prey. Beset by many evils and troubles, they will say, 'It is because my
HaShem is no longer with me that these evils have befallen us.' On that day I will utterly hide My face because of all the evil that they have done in turning to alien
Now write for yourselves this song and teach it to the Israelites. Make them memorize it, so that this song will be a witness for the Israelites.
When I bring them to the land flowing with milk and honey that I promised their ancestors, they will eat, be satisfied, and live in luxury. They will then turn to foreign
gods and worship them, despising Me and violating My covenant. When they are then beset by many evils and troubles, this song shall testify for them like a witness, since it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know their inclinations through what they are doing right now, even before I have brought them to the promised
On that day, Moses wrote down this song, and he taught it to the Israelites.
HaShem also gave Joshua orders, saying, "Be strong and brave, since you will bring the Israelites to the land that I promised them, and I will be with
finished writing the words of this Torah in a scroll to the very end.
Moses then gave orders to the Levites who carried the Ark of HaShem's
covenant, saying, "Take this Torah scroll and place it to the side
of the ark of HaShem your Lord's covenant, leaving it there as a
witness. I am aware of your rebellious spirit and your
stubbornness. Even while I am here alive with you, you are rebelling
against HaShem. What will you do after I am dead? Gather to me all the
elders of your tribes and your law enforcers, and I will proclaim
these words to them. I will bring heaven and earth as witnesses for
them. I know that after I die, you will become corrupt, and turn away
from the path that I have prescribed to you. You will eventually be
beset with evil, since you will have done evil in HaShem's eyes,
angering Him with the work of your hands."
Moses then proclaimed the words of this song to the entire
assembly of Israel until it was completed.