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Joshua 3

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 1 Joshua rose early in the morning, and they left from Shittim to arrive at the Jordan, where he and all the children of Israel camped before they passed over.

 2 It came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;

 3 And they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God and the priests the Levites bearing it, then you will leave from your place and follow after it.

 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it of about three thousand feet by measure; do not come near it so that you may know the way that you must go for you have not passed this way before."

 5 And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you."

 6 And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over the river before the people. So they took up the ark of the covenant and went in front of the people.

 7 And the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I shall begin to magnify you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I shall be with you.

 8 And you will command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, 'When you have come to the brink of the water of Jordan, you will stand still in the Jordan.'"

 9 And Joshua said to the children of Israel, "Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God."

 10 And Joshua said, "By this you will know that the living God is among you, and that he shall without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth passes over before you into the Jordan.

 12 Now therefore select twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, a man out of every tribe.

 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, who is the LORD of all the earth; as soon as their feet shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above, and the waters shall stand up as in a heap.

 14 And it came to pass, when the people left their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people;

 15 And as those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bore the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the time of harvest),

 16 That the waters, which came down from above, stood and rose up up in a heap very far from the city Adam that is beside Zaretan; and the waters that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people passed over right next to Jericho.

 17 And the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people had passed completely over the Jordan.


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