Joshua 4
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1Now when all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying,1When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,
2"Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe,2“Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man,
3and command them, saying, 'Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in the lodging place where you will lodge tonight.'"3and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’”
4So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe;4Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe.
5and Joshua said to them, "Cross again to the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel.5And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel,
6"Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?'6that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’
7then you shall say to them, 'Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.' So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever."7then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”
8Thus the sons of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, just as the LORD spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel; and they carried them over with them to the lodging place and put them down there.8And the people of Israel did just as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, just as the LORD told Joshua. And they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged and laid them down there.
9Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day.9And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day.
10For the priests who carried the ark were standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that the LORD had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. And the people hurried and crossed;10For the priests bearing the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to tell the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. The people passed over in haste.
11and when all the people had finished crossing, the ark of the LORD and the priests crossed before the people.11And when all the people had finished passing over, the ark of the LORD and the priests passed over before the people.
12The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over in battle array before the sons of Israel, just as Moses had spoken to them;12The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh passed over armed before the people of Israel, as Moses had told them.
13about 40,000 equipped for war, crossed for battle before the LORD to the desert plains of Jericho.13About 40,000 ready for war passed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho.
14On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life.14On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.
15Now the LORD said to Joshua,15And the LORD said to Joshua,
16"Command the priests who carry the ark of the testimony that they come up from the Jordan."16“Command the priests bearing the ark of the testimony to come up out of the Jordan.”
17So Joshua commanded the priests, saying, "Come up from the Jordan."17So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”
18It came about when the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come up from the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up to the dry ground, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place, and went over all its banks as before.18And when the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD came up from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up on dry ground, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks, as before.
19Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth of the first month and camped at Gilgal on the eastern edge of Jericho.19The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped at Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.
20Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal.20And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal.
21He said to the sons of Israel, "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?'21And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’
22then you shall inform your children, saying, 'Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.'22then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’
23"For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the LORD your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed;23For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over,
24that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever."24so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”
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