Joshua 3:9: The Sign of the Dividing of Jordan, Part 3

Verse 9:[1]  And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.

[Approach to this place]  Unto the place where Joshua was at that time (Serarius), that is, in which the Ark was standing in the midst of the troop.  For it was a solemn thing to convoke an assembly at the Tabernacle, so that nothing might be thought to be done amid the people without God, as it were, regarding and aware (Masius).

[The Word of the Lord]  Whose words, therefore, are altogether certain, and most worthy of attention (Masius).

[Your God]  Who always bears your care.  From the authority and goodness of God, he procures attention and confidence for the things about to be said (Masius).

Come hither, to the ark or tabernacle, the place of public assemblies, and hear the words of the Lord your God; who is now about to give a proof that he is both the Lord, the omnipotent Governor of heaven and earth, and all creatures; and your God, in covenant with you, having a tender care and true affection for you.

[1] Hebrew:  וַיֹּ֥אמֶר יְהוֹשֻׁ֖עַ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל גֹּ֣שׁוּ הֵ֔נָּה וְשִׁמְע֕וּ אֶת־דִּבְרֵ֖י יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶֽם׃

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  1. Matthew Henry: “[Having been honored by God,] Joshua speaks to the people, and therein honours God. He demands attention (Joshua 3:9): ‘Come hither to me, as many as can come within hearing, and, before you see the works, hear the words of the Lord your God, that you may compare them together and they may illustrate each other.’ He had commanded them to sanctify themselves, and therefore calls them to hear the word of God, for that is the ordinary means of sanctification, John 17:17.”

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