The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleDeuteronomy 31:7
And Moses called unto Joshua…
Who might be at some
distance from him, with the tribe to which he belonged. The Targum of
``out of the midst of the people:''
and said unto him, in the sight of all Israel;
now assembled together,
and what follows was said in their hearing, to make him the more
respectable to them:
be strong and of a good courage;
the same that is said to the people in
(Deuteronomy 31:6) , and which was still more necessary in him, who was to be
their general, and to go at the head of them, and lead them on to
battle; and though Joshua was a man of courage and valour, as well as
had military skill, as appears by his fight with Amalek, (Exodus 17:9-13) ;
yet such an exhortation was not needless, seeing he had so much work to
do, and so many enemies to contend with:
for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath
sworn unto their fathers to give them, and thou shalt cause them to
the Targum of Jonathan is,
``which the Word of the Lord hath sworn to give;''
the land of Canaan, thither he must go with them; this was the will and
determination of God, and he must go alone without him, Moses, which
would be a trial of his courage.