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 Joshua 3:1 - 17
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   Book of Joshua
   Chapter 3
3:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.
 
3:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
After three days the officers went throughout the camp,
 
3:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.
 
3:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards F5 between you and the ark; do not go near it."
 
3:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."
 
3:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
3:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
3:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.'"
 
3:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.
 
3:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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.
 
3:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.
 
3:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.
 
3:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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."
 
3:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them.
 
3:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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,
 
3:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
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 (the Salt Sea F6 ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
 
3:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F5 Hebrew about two thousand cubits (about 900 meters)
F6 That is, the Dead Sea

 
 

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