Joshua 3:1 - 4:24

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Crossing the Jordan

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Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves,
for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things
among you.” Joshua said to the priests, “Take up
the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the
people.” So they took it up and went ahead of
them. And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will
begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they
may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant:
‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters,
go and stand in the river.’” Joshua said to the
Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of
the Lord your God. This is how you will know that
the living God is among you and that he will
certainly drive out before you the Canaanites,
Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites
and Jebusites. See, the ark of the covenant of the
Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead
of you. Now then, choose twelve men from the
tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon
as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the
Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its
waters flowing downstream will be cut off and
stand up in a heap.”
So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the
covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon
as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s
edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at
a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the
Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite
Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of
the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had
completed the crossing on dry ground.
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose
twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones
from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over
with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.” So Joshua called together the
twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go
over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take
up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a
sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell
them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it
crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial
to the people of Israel forever.”
On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on
the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out
of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents,
‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord
your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to
the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had
crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the
Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”