Joshua 4:16
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English Standard Version
“Command the priests bearing the ark of the testimony to come up out of the Jordan.”

King James Bible
Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.

American Standard Version
Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of the Jordan.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Command the priests, that carry the ark of the covenant, to come up out of the Jordan.

English Revised Version
Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.

Webster's Bible Translation
Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Whilst Joshua was carrying out all that Jehovah had commanded him to say to the people, according to the command of Moses-that is to say, whilst the people were passing through the Jordan before the ark, and the twelve men were carrying over the stones out of the river to the resting-place on the other side, and Joshua himself was setting up twelve stones in Jordan for a memorial-during all this time, the priests stood with the ark in the bed of the river; but after all the people, including the twelve men who took the stones out of the Jordan, had finished crossing, the ark of the Lord passed over, with the priests, before the people: that is to say, it stationed itself again, along with the priests, at the head of the people. The words "according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua" do not refer to any special instructions which Moses had given to Joshua with reference to the crossing, for no such instructions are to be found in the Pentateuch, nor can they be inferred from Numbers 27:23; Deuteronomy 3:28, or Deuteronomy 31:23; they simply affirm that Joshua carried out all the commands which the Lord had given him, in accordance with the charge which he received from Moses at the time when he was first called. Moses had called him and instructed him to lead to the people into the promised land, in consequence of a divine command; and had given him the promise, at the same time, that Jehovah would be with him as He had been with Moses. This contained implicite an admonition to Joshua to do only what the Lord should command him. And if this was how Joshua acted, the execution of the commands of God was also an observance of the command of Moses. The remark in Joshua 4:10, "and the people hastened and passed over," i.e., passed hastily through the bed of the river, is introduced as an explanation of the fact that the priests stood still in the bed of the river the whole time that the crossing continued. As the priests stood in one spot whilst all the people were passing over, it was necessary that the people should hasten over, lest the strength of the priests should be exhausted. This reason for hastening, however, does not preclude the other-namely, that the crossing had to be finished in one day, before night came on. The statement in Joshua 4:11, that when all the people had passed over, the ark of the Lord also passed over with the priests, is so far anticipatory of the actual course of the events, that up to this time nothing has been said about the fighting men belonging to the two tribes and a half having passed over (Joshua 4:12, Joshua 4:13); nor has the command of God for the ark to pass over been mentioned (Joshua 4:15.), though both of these must have preceded the crossing of the ark in order of time. It is to be observed, that, in the words "the art of the Lord passed over, and the priests," the priests are subordinate to the ark, because it was through the medium of the ark of the Lord that the miracle of drying up the river had been effected: it was not by the priests, but by Jehovah the Almighty God, who was enthroned upon the ark, that the waters were commanded to stand still. "Before the people" (Eng. Ver. "in the presence of the people") has the same signification in Joshua 4:11 as in Joshua 3:6, Joshua 3:14.

Joshua 4:16 Parallel Commentaries

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Joshua 3:3-6 And they commanded the people, saying, When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God...

Exodus 25:16-22 And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you...

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightning...

Cross References
Exodus 25:16
And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.

Joshua 4:15
And the LORD said to Joshua,

Joshua 4:17
So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan."

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