Joshua 1: "Be Strong and of a Good Courage"

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 79


Consider how inadequate and humble Joshua may have felt when he was called to lead the children of Israel after Moses—one of the greatest prophets in history. As you read Joshua 1, look for what the Lord told Joshua to encourage him in his new calling. Think about how you might apply this counsel to callings the Lord gives you and in your life’s experiences.

Understanding the Scriptures

Joshua 1

Minister (v. 1)Servant, assistant 
Tread (v. 3)Walk 
Stand before (v. 5)Overcome, defeat, or replace 
Forsake (v. 5)Turn away from 
Shalt not depart out of thy mouth (v. 8)Always in your mind 
Meditate therein (v. 8)Think about it 
Dismayed (v. 9)Discouraged 
On this side (vv. 14–15)East of 
Pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour (v. 14)Have the great soldiers march in front of the people with their weapons. 
According (v. 17)Just 

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Joshua 1.

Activity A iconBe Strong and Courageous

  1. 1.

    Find the verses where the Lord told Joshua to be strong and have courage. You may want to highlight them in your scriptures.

  2. 2.

    Write about how you can be strong and of good courage.

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Joshua 1:8

In your notebook, draw a poster that you think would best represent the message of Joshua 1:8. Make sure your poster includes what we should do with the scriptures (the book of the law) and what blessings are promised if we do.

Activity C iconHow Would You Feel?

  1. 1.

    How important is it to a prophet for his people to sustain him?

  2. 2.

    If you could speak briefly to the prophet of the Church today, what would you say about how you are trying to sustain him?