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(Authorised Version Annotated Joshua Inleiding)


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In this book are related the wonderful works of the Lord, which, to demonstrate the truth and faithfulness of His promises, He did since the death of Moses to the decease of Joshua, namely, how He brought the children of Israel into the promised land of Canaan, leading them dry-shod through Jordan, and delivering into their hands all the kings of the Canaanites, with their lands and cities, which Joshua divided among nine tribes and an half. The cities of refuge, together with those cities which the Levites were to inhabit, are also appointed. Lastly, in this book, is related the death of Joshua, when he was an hundred and ten years old, having set before the Israelites the curse of God, if they would depart from the covenant which the Lord had made with them. Joshua was both in name and in office a special type of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, Who brought the faithful into the true place of rest, namely, in the heavenly Canaan, Heb. 4:8, etc. This history contains the time of somewhat more than seventeen years, and bears the name of Joshua, because therein is treated mostly about his famous acts. By whom this history is written, is uncertain. Some perceive that it was written by a prophet, who lived some few years after. It may fitly be divided into three parts, for, in the twelve first chapters are mentioned the exceeding great victories, which Joshua, by the strength and power of God, obtained militarily. In the second part, from chapter 13 to chapter 22, is treated about the dividing of the land among the tribes. In the third part is described the sending away of the two tribes and an half, as also the serious charge of Joshua unto the people of Israel. And lastly, the passing away of Joshua, and of Eleazar.


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