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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Joshua 1:1-9

Honour is here put upon Joshua, and great power lodged in his hand, by him that is the fountain of honour and power, and by whom kings reign. Instructions are given him by Infinite Wisdom, and encouragements by the God of all consolation. God had before spoken to Moses concerning him (Num. 27:18), but now he speaks to him (Josh. 1:1), probably as he spoke to Moses (Lev. 1:1) out of the tabernacle of the congregation, where Joshua had with Moses presented himself (Deut. 31:14), to learn the way... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 1:5

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life ,.... What is promised to the people in common, Deuteronomy 11:25 ; is here particularly promised to Joshua their general; and which was fulfilled in him, and still more in Christ his antitype, who made an end of sin, destroyed the devil, spoiled principalities and powers, abolished death, and overcame the world: as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee ; to counsel and advise, guide and direct, protect... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 1:5

Be able to stand before thee - Because God shall be with thee, therefore thou shalt be irresistible. This promise was most punctually literally fulfilled. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 1:5

Verse 5 5.There shall not any man, etc As a contest was about to be waged with numerous and warlike enemies, it was necessary thus to inspire Joshua with special confidence. But for this, the promise of delivering over the land which God had given, would ever and anon have become darkened; for how vast the enterprise to overthrow so many nations! This objection therefore is removed. And the better to free him from all doubt, he is reminded of the victories of Moses, by which God had made it... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 1:1-9

Joshua the successor of Moses. The very name Joshua, Jesus, "God's salvation," is enough of itself to awaken special interest in the man who, on the page of Scripture, first bears it. It is suggestive at once of the nature of his life work, and it leads us to anticipate some points of analogy between him and the Savior of the world. Joshua is one of the few Old Testament characters against whose name there is no reproach. Not that this Book presents any formal delineation of his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 1:5

EXPOSITION THE SOURCE OF JOSHUA 'S CONFIDENCE .— There shall not any man be able to stand before thee. Literally, no one shall set himself up against thee, i.e; successfully resist thee ( ἀντιστήσεται , LXX ). As I was with Moses. Literally, as I have been with Moses: that is to say, was with him and remained with him unto the end. The continuity of the work of God under the old dispensation is thus as clearly marked as that of the new in Matthew 28:20 ,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 1:5-6

The leader's promise. Such is God's word to Joshua when commencing his great task. He needed the urgent precept and the supporting promise. He was no youthful dreamer, but one long past middle life, who had no exaggerated estimate of Israel's faithfulness, and no illusions about its task. He needed, and here he gets, the quickening influence of a sacred charge. As God spake to him, so he would speak to all who are constrained by a sense of duty to God or man to undertake some task that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 1:5-9

The source of Joshua's confidence. I. HE HAD BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD . Moses was dead, and Joshua's heart might well have failed him. For the great lawgiver had found the task of leading the Israelites from Egypt to the borders of the promised land too much for his strength and spirit ( Exodus 18:13-17 ; Numbers 11:11-17 ; Deuteronomy 1:9-15 ). Constant rebellions and murmurings had weakened his hands. "They provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips ( ... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Joshua 1:5

Joshua 1:5. I was with Moses To assist him against all his enemies, and in all the difficulties of governing this stiff-necked people, which Joshua might justly fear no less than the Canaanites. Forsake thee I will not leave thee destitute, either of inward support, or of outward assistance. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Joshua 1:1-18

1:1-5:15 ENTRY INTO CANAANPreparations (1:1-2:24)God’s command to Joshua was brief and straightforward: he was to take the land of Canaan. (The region in which Canaan was situated was occupied by various tribal peoples, the most important of whom were the Hittites and the Amorites.) Israel would not win the land without a fight, but the people had God’s assurance that wherever they advanced they would gain possession (1:1-5). As leader of the people, Joshua had the assurance of God’s presence,... read more

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