Joshua 1:8
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

New Living Translation
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

English Standard Version
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

New American Standard Bible
"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

King James Bible
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.

International Standard Version
This set of instructions is not to cease being a part of your conversations. Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to carry out everything that's written in it, for then you'll prosper and succeed.

NET Bible
This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night that thou may keep and do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way to prosper, and then thou shalt understand everything.

King James 2000 Bible
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

American King James Version
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

American Standard Version
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not the book of this law depart from thy mouth: but thou shalt meditate on it day and night, that thou mayst observe and do all things that are written in it: then shalt thou direct thy way, and understand it.

Darby Bible Translation
This book of the law shall not depart from thy mouth; and thou shalt meditate upon it day and night, that thou mayest take heed to do according to all that is written therein; for then shalt thou have good success in thy ways, and then shalt thou prosper.

English Revised Version
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Webster's Bible Translation
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate in it day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

World English Bible
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

Young's Literal Translation
the book of this law doth not depart out of thy mouth, and thou hast meditated in it by day and by night, so that thou dost observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then thou dost cause thy way to prosper, and then thou dost act wisely.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. He is charged to meditate therein day and night, that he might understand it. Whatever affairs of this world we have to mind, we must not neglect the one thing needful. All his orders to the people, and his judgments, must be according to the law of God. Joshua must himself be under command; no man's dignity or dominion sets him above the law of God. He is to encourage himself with the promise and presence of God. Let not the sense of thine own infirmities dishearten thee; God is all-sufficient. I have commanded, called, and commissioned thee to do it, and will be sure to bear thee out in it. When we are in the way of duty, we have reason to be strong and very bold. Our Lord Jesus, as Joshua here, was borne up under his sufferings by a regard to the will of God, and the commandment from his Father.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - This book of the law. The law was, therefore, embodied in a written document when the Book of Joshua was written; and as the antiquity of this Book may be regarded as proved, we may quote thus an early authority for the genuineness of at least some portions of the Pentateuch. There was a "book of the law" in Joshua's time, according to this early testimony, and we may conclude from vers. 3-7 that Deuteronomy formed a part of it (see also Deuteronomy 17:19 for a similar precept. And for the fact see Deuteronomy 31:24-26). Meditate therein (cf. Psalm 1:2, 63:7, 143:5, in the original. Also Deuteronomy 31:26). Observe to do. Literally, keep to do, thus impressing on us the care necessary in deciding on our actions. All that is written therein (cf. for the expression Deuteronomy 28:58, 61; Deuteronomy 29:19, 20, 26; Deuteronomy 30:10). Shall have good success. The word is the same as is translated "prosper" above, and not the same as that rendered "prosperous" in this verse. "Men," says Calvin, "never act skilfully, except in so far as they allow themselves to be ruled by the Word of God." Have I not commanded thee? "An emphatic inquiry is a stronger form of affirmation, and is generally employed by those who wish to infuse into another courage and alacrity" (Michaelis). Moreover repetition is a remarkable feature of Hebrew composition, as we may observe from the second chapter of Genesis onward, and is designed to give emphasis to what is commanded or related. Calvin would lay stress on I: "Have not I commanded thee?" But this is not borne out by the Hebrew.

CHAPTER 1:10-15. JOSHUA'S COMMAND TO THE PEOPLE, -

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth,.... He was often to read it, frequently repeat it, and speak of it, to refresh his own memory with it, and the memory of those about him. Jarchi restrains it to the book of Deuteronomy now before him:

but thou shalt meditate therein day and night; whenever he had any leisure from the important business of his office, whether by day or night, see Psalm 1:2,

that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; which frequent speaking of it, and constant meditation on it, would lead unto:

for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success; in his wars with the Canaanites.



Joshua 1:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Commissions Joshua
7"Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. 8"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. 9"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Cross References
Genesis 24:63
He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.

Deuteronomy 17:19
It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees

Deuteronomy 29:9
Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.

Deuteronomy 31:24
After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end,

Joshua 8:34
Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law--the blessings and the curses--just as it is written in the Book of the Law.

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

Psalm 1:2
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Treasury of Scripture

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

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Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart…

Deuteronomy 11:18,19 Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your …

Deuteronomy 17:18,19 And it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom…

Deuteronomy 30:14 But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, …

Deuteronomy 31:11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD your God in the …

Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment…

Psalm 40:10 I have not hid your righteousness within my heart; I have declared …

Psalm 119:42,43 So shall I have with which to answer him that reproaches me: for …

Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, said the LORD; My spirit …

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

thou shalt

Psalm 1:2,3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he …

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable …

Psalm 119:11,15,97,99 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…

Proverbs 2:1-5 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

1 Timothy 4:14-16 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

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Deuteronomy 5:29,32,33 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, …

Deuteronomy 6:1-3 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, …

Matthew 7:21,24 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, …

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

John 14:21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

have good success. or, do wisely

Joshua 1:7 Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do …

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