DEUTERONOMY 31:6

“Be strong and courageous”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

In this verse Moses is 120 years old and is giving a speech to the Israelites. They are east of the Jordan river preparing to enter the Promised Land. They have been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years preparing for this moment.

Moses says God has told him “You shall not go over this Jordan.” So this is one of the last chances Moses has to speak to and encourage the Israelites to conquer the Promised Land. He assures them that God will be with them as they enter their homeland and fight off the nations settled there. Building the courage in this way proves effective. Soon the Israelites will rule the Promised Land.

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“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

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Deuteronomy 31:6 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

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Be strong חִזְק֣וּ To fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer strong
and of a good courage, וְאִמְצ֔וּ To be alert, physically (on foot) or mentally (in courage) good courage
fear תִּֽירְא֥וּ To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten fear
not, אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
nor וְאַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing nor
be afraid תַּֽעַרְצ֖וּ To awe or (intransitive) to dread; hence, to harass afraid
of them: מִפְּנֵיהֶ֑ם The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) of them
for כִּ֣י׀ (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
the Lord יְהוָ֣ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
thy God, אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
he ה֚וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are he
it is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
that doth go הַֽהֹלֵ֣ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) doth go
with עִמָּ֔ךְ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
thee; he will not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
fail יַרְפְּךָ֖ To slacken (in many applications, literal or figurative) fail
thee, nor וְלֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles thee nor
forsake יַֽעַזְבֶֽךָּ׃ To loosen, i.e., relinquish, permit, etc forsake
thee. יַֽעַזְבֶֽךָּ׃ To loosen, i.e., relinquish, permit, etc thee

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  • 4  And the Lord shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.

  • 5  And the Lord shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.

  • 6  Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

  • 7  And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.

  • 8  And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.




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