Joshua 1:12: The Commitment of the Transjordanian Tribes, Part 1

Verse 12:[1]  And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying…

[To the Rubenites also, etc.]  He instructs them separately, but most modestly:  and, although he was able to compel them by virtue of his authority, he prefers to act the part of a friendly counselor, than a severe Emperor.  He commands nothing haughtily (as today those that first begin to rule are wont to do), but he recalls into memory for them the commandment of Moses (Masius).

[1] Hebrew:  וְלָרֽאוּבֵנִי֙ וְלַגָּדִ֔י וְלַחֲצִ֖י שֵׁ֣בֶט הַֽמְנַשֶּׁ֑ה אָמַ֥ר יְהוֹשֻׁ֖עַ לֵאמֹֽר׃

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  1. Although this is presented in precious few words, it is worthy of considerable meditation by all those that have a measure of authority over another. Joshua is an excellent model of government.

    –Dr. Dilday

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