1And when Joshua had heard what Moses had written in his writing and all he had foretold, 1 Or ‘said previously’. he rent his clothes and threw himself at the feet of Moses. 2And Moses comforted him and wept with him. 3And Joshua answered him and said, What kind of consolation is it that you give me, my lord Moses, and how can I be consoled when you tell me something so distressing? 4When you say that you are about to leave this people, tears and laments are bound to be. 5,6〈 But now 〉, where will you be buried? 2 Lit. ‘what place will receive you?’ Or what shall be the sign that marks your burial place? 7Or who shall dare to move your body from it as if it were that of an ordinary man from place to place? 8For all men when they die have their burial-places corresponding to the age in which they live 3 Or ‘corresponding to their age’. on earth, but your burial-place is from the rising to the setting sun, and from the south to the confines of the north: the whole world is your burial-place. 10 My lord, you are about to go away; and who shall feed this people? Or who is there to pity them, and who shall guide them on the way? 11Or who shall pray for them day by day, 4 Lit. ‘…for them not omitting a single day’. so that I may be able to lead them into the land of their forefathers? 5 Text araborum. The emendation supposes atavorum: another possibility is amorreorum – cp. verse 16. 12How, then, am I to look after this people as a father looks after his only son, or as a mother 6 Lit. ‘lady’. her virgin daughter, who is being brought up to be given the husband she will revere (for the mother will shield her body from the sun and take care she does not run about without her shoes)? 13〈 And how 〉 shall I supply them with food and drink according to their needs? 7 Lit. ‘according to the will of their will’. 14For they number some six hundred thousand 〈 men 〉, 8 Text ‘〈…〉 for of them there were a hundred thousand’. Cp. Exod. xii. 37 . and they have become so many through your prayers, lord Moses. 15And what wisdom or understanding have I that I should either give judgement or answer by word in the house 〈 of the Lord 〉? 16And the kings of the Amorites also, when they hear we are attacking them, and believing that there is no longer among them that sacred spirit worthy of the Lord, made up of many parts and beyond all understanding, the lord of the word, faithful in all things, the divine prophet throughout the earth, the most perfect teacher in the world – believing that he is no longer among them, they will say, Let us go against them. 17If only once our enemies have done what is wrong against the Lord, they have no advocate 9 Lit. ‘defender’. to offer prayers for them to the Lord, as did Moses the great messenger, who hour by hour, day and night, prayed without ceasing for them, 10 Lit. ‘had his knees fixed to the earth praying’. looking to him who rules the whole world with mercy and justice, and reminding him of the covenant made with their fathers and propitiating the Lord with an oath. 18For they will say, He is not with them: so let us go and wipe them off the face of the earth. 19What then shall become of this people, my lord Moses?
1 Or ‘said previously’.
2 Lit. ‘what place will receive you?’
3 Or ‘corresponding to their age’.
4 Lit. ‘…for them not omitting a single day’.
5 Text araborum. The emendation supposes atavorum: another possibility is amorreorum – cp. verse 16.
6 Lit. ‘lady’.
7 Lit. ‘according to the will of their will’.
9 Lit. ‘defender’.
10 Lit. ‘had his knees fixed to the earth praying’.