Joshua 1:3: God Commands Joshua to Lead on, Part 3

Verse 3:[1] (Deut. 11:24; Josh. 14:9) Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

[Every place upon which the step of your foot shall tread, etc.] The blind Talmudists thus take it, that it was here permitted to the Israelites to go on to occupy whatever countries, but only if they had first brought the entirety of Canaan under their rule. They were not understanding that that whole is limited in the next verse with definite bounds (Masius); every place, that is, the entirety of Canaan (Lapide). See concerning this and the following verse on Deuteronomy 11:24 (Bonfrerius). It was able to suffice that He said, I am giving, etc., but our faith does not readily rest with assurance in the omnipotence of God, while it ponders the difficulty of affairs. Therefore, God now more clearly and explicitly promises that He is going to remove those things that might be able to stand in the way (Masius).

[I shall give to you] Just as in the case of items that have no owner, possession gives the right; so also here, because they are to be considered as no one, whom God has condemned to punishment (Grotius).

Every place, to wit, within the following bounds.

[Just as I said to Moses] He names Moses rather than Abraham, 1. because He had spoken those very words to Moses: 2. because the more recent memory of Moses and his familiarity with God were bound to procure the weightiest authority by far for those oracles in his writing (Masius).

[1] Hebrew: כָּל־מָק֗וֹם אֲשֶׁ֙ר תִּדְרֹ֧ךְ כַּֽף־רַגְלְכֶ֛ם בּ֖וֹ לָכֶ֣ם נְתַתִּ֑יו כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר דִּבַּ֖רְתִּי אֶל־מֹשֶֽׁה׃

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