Joshua 3

Israel Crosses the Jordan

1Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out afrom Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 2 bAt the end of three days the officers went through the camp 3and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the  Lord your God being carried by cthe Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. 4 dYet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits
A  cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.”
5Then Joshua said to the people, fConsecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the  Lord will do wonders among you.” 6And Joshua said to the priests, g“Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.

7The  Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to hexalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, ias I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8And as for you, command jthe priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, kyou shall stand still in the Jordan.’” 9And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here and listen to the words of the  Lord your God.” 10And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that lthe living God is among you and that he will without fail mdrive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11Behold, the ark of the covenant of nthe Lord of all the earth
Hebrew  the ark of the covenant, the Lord of all the earth
pis passing over before you into the Jordan.
12Now therefore qtake twelve men from the tribes of Israel rfrom each tribe a man. 13And swhen the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the  Lord, tthe Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall ustand in one heap.”

14So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing vthe ark of the covenant before the people, 15and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and wthe feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now xthe Jordan overflows all its banks ythroughout the time of harvest), 16the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside zZarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of aathe Arabah, abthe Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the  Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, acand all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

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