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Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

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Joshua 1:2 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Moses מֹשֶׁ֥ה Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver Moses
my servant עַבְדִּ֖י A servant servant
is dead; מֵ֑ת To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill dead
now וְעַתָּה֩ At this time, whether adverb, conjunction or expletive now
therefore arise, ק֨וּם To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) therefore arise
go over עֲבֹ֜ר To cross over; used very widely of any transition (literal or figurative; transitive, intransitive, intensive, causative); specifically, to cover (in copulation) go
this הַזֶּ֗ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
Jordan, הַיַּרְדֵּ֣ן Jarden, the principal river of Palestine Jordan
thou, אַתָּה֙ Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
and all וְכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
this הַזֶּ֔ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
people, הָעָ֣ם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
the land הָאָ֕רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
which אֲשֶׁ֧ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
I אָֽנֹכִ֛י I I
do give נֹתֵ֥ן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) do give
to them, to the children לִבְנֵ֥י A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) children
even (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of Israel. יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ He will rule as God; Jisraël, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity Israel

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  • 1  Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,

  • 2  Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

  • 3  Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

  • 4  From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.


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