Joshua 3:5
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New International Version
Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."

New Living Translation
Then Joshua told the people, "Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do great wonders among you."

English Standard Version
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you."

King James Bible
And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, because the LORD will do wonders among you tomorrow."

International Standard Version
Then Joshua addressed the people: "Consecrate yourselves, because tomorrow the LORD will do marvelous things among you."

NET Bible
Joshua told the people, "Ritually consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will perform miraculous deeds among you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joshua told the people, "Perform the ceremonies to make yourselves holy because tomorrow the LORD will do miracles among you."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

American King James Version
And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

American Standard Version
And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow Jehovah will do wonders among you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Josue said to the people: Be ye sanctified: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joshua said to the people, Hallow yourselves; for to-morrow Jehovah will do wonders in your midst.

English Revised Version
And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to-morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

World English Bible
Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow Yahweh will do wonders among you."

Young's Literal Translation
And Joshua saith unto the people, 'Sanctify yourselves, for to-morrow doth Jehovah do in your midst wonders.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-6 The Israelites came to Jordan in faith, having been told that they should pass it. In the way of duty, let us proceed as far as we can, and depend on the Lord. Joshua led them. Particular notice is taken of his early rising, as afterwards upon other occasions, which shows how little he sought his own ease. Those who would bring great things to pass, must rise early. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty. All in public stations should always attend to the duty of their place. The people were to follow the ark. Thus must we walk after the rule of the word, and the direction of the Spirit, in everything; so shall peace be upon us as upon the Israel of God; but we must follow our ministers only as they follow Christ. All their way through the wilderness was an untrodden path, but most so this through Jordan. While we are here, we must expect and prepare to pass ways that we have not passed before; but in the path of duty we may proceed with boldness and cheerfulness. Whether we are called to suffer poverty, pain, labour, persecution, reproach, or death, we are following the Author and Finisher of our faith; nor can we set our feet in any dangerous or difficult spot, through our whole journey, but faith will there see the prints of the Redeemer's feet, who trod that very path to glory above, and bids us follow him, that where he is, we may be also. They were to sanctify themselves. Would we experience the effects of God's love and power, we must put away sin, and be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Sanctify yourselves. The Hithpahel, which is used here, is frequently used of ceremonial purification, as in Exodus 19:22; 1 Chronicles 15:12, 14; 2 Chronicles 5:11; and especially 2 Samuel 11:4. It is also connected with purification, but ironically, in Isaiah 66:17. Tomorrow. These words were uttered while all was in preparation. We learn from ver. 7, though it is not expressly stated, that the actual crossing took place the next day. We ought, probably, to place this verse in a parenthesis, and to translate "Joshua had said," because the sanctification (see Exodus 19:10, 14) involved some definite period. Knobel, however, assumes, as usual, that there is at least a faulty arrangement here. Wonders, or rather, miracles, from פָלָא to separate, distinguish. They were, therefore, acts distinguished from the ordinary course of God's providence. We may observe that, while among the Canaanites all was terror and confusion, m the camp of Joshua all was confidence and faith. "Either successe or discomfiture begins ever at the heart. A man's inward disposition doth more than presage the event. If Satan see us once faint, he gives himselfe the day. There is no way to safety, but that our hearts be the last that shall yield" (Bp. Hall).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Joshua said unto the people,.... On the third day; and the thirtieth day of the mourning for Moses, Jarchi says, was the first of the three days, and that being the seventh day of the month, this must be the ninth, as it is most clear the morrow was the tenth:

sanctify yourselves; in a ceremonial sense, by washing their bodies and their clothes, and abstaining from their wives; and in a moral sense, by acts of religion and devotion, by prayer and meditation, and the exercise of repentance and, good works: it may denote that sanctification is necessary to our passage over Jordan, or through death to the heavenly Canaan, for without holiness no man shall see the Lord:

for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you: in their sight and presence, and for them, by dividing the waters of Jordan, that they might pass through it as on dry land; this, as Kimchi says, was the tenth of Nisan, as is plain from Joshua 4:19.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Joshua said unto the people—rather "had said," for as he speaks of "to-morrow," the address must have been made previous to the day of crossing, and the sanctification was in all probability the same as Moses had commanded before the giving of the law, consisting of an outward cleansing (Ex 19:10-15) preparatory to that serious and devout state of mind with which so great a manifestation should be witnessed.

Joshua 3:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Crossing of the Jordan
4"However, there shall be between you and it a distance of about 2,000 cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you shall go, for you have not passed this way before." 5Then Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you." 6And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people." So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people.…
Cross References
Exodus 19:10
And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes

Exodus 19:11
and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

Joshua 3:4
Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it."

Joshua 3:6
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.

Joshua 7:13
"Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, 'Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.
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And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

Sanctify

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Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, This is it that the LORD spoke, saying, …

Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be you holy: for I am the LORD your God.

Numbers 11:8 And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, …

1 Samuel 16:5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice to the LORD: sanctify …

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that …

Joel 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, …

John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified …

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Psalm 86:10 For you are great, and do wondrous things: you are God alone.

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