A. 1 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel. 2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the LORD hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan. 3 The LORD thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the LORD hath said. 4 And the LORD shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed. 5 And the LORD shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.
B. 6 Be strong and of a good courage,
C. fear not, nor be afraid of (aras) them:
D. for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee;
E. he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
A’. 7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel,
B’. Be strong and of a good courage: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 inherit it.
D’. (8) And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee,
E’. he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee:
C’. fear not, neither be dismayed (hatat).
A. 9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel. 10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, 11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose,
B. thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
A’. 12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates,
B’. that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: 13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
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If this pattern is correct then verse 8 looks as if it it an inverted quotation of the second part of verse 6. “fear not, nor be afraid of them” appears at the beginning of verse 6 and the end of verse 8.