JOSHUA 1:8

meditate on the word day and night

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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This verse talks about meditating or thinking deeply and focusing our minds on the Word of God. In it, God commands Joshua to meditate on His Word day and night to become prosperous and successful.

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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.

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Joshua 1:8 Translation & Meaning

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This הַזֶּ֜ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that This
book סֵפֶר֩ Properly, writing (the art or a document); by implication, a book book
of the law הַתּוֹרָ֨ה A precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch law
shall not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
depart יָמ֡וּשׁ To withdraw (both literally and figuratively, whether intransitive or transitive) depart
out of thy mouth; מִפִּ֗יךָ The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to out mouth
but thou shalt meditate וְהָגִ֤יתָ To murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication, to ponder meditate
therein day יוֹמָ֣ם Daily therein day
and night, וָלַ֔יְלָה Properly, a twist (away of the light), i.e., night; figuratively, adversity night
that לְמַ֙עַן֙ Properly, heed, i.e., purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically, in order that that
thou mayest observe תִּשְׁמֹ֣ר Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc mayest observe
to do לַֽעֲשׂ֔וֹת To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application do
according to all כְּכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) according all
that is written הַכָּת֖וּב To grave, by implication, to write (describe, inscribe, prescribe, subscribe) written
therein: for כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed therein
then אָ֛ז At that time or place; also as a conjunction, therefore then
thou shalt make אֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) make
thy way דְּרָכֶ֖ךָ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
prosperous, תַּצְלִ֥יחַ To push forward, in various senses (literal or figurative, transitive or intransitive) prosperous
and then וְאָ֥ז At that time or place; also as a conjunction, therefore then
thou shalt have good success. תַּשְׂכִּֽיל׃ To be (causatively, make or act) circumspect and hence, intelligent good success

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  • 6  Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

  • 7  Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

  • 8  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.

  • 9  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

  • 10  Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,




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