Joshua 4


4:1 And it came to pass, when all the people had quite passed
 over Jordan, that the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying,
4:2 Take you twelve men from the people, from every tribe a man,
4:3 And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst
 of Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood firm,
 twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave
 them in the lodging-place where ye shall lodge this night.
4:4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of
 the children of Israel, of every tribe a man:
4:5 And Joshua said to them, Pass over before the ark of the
 LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every
 man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number
 of the tribes of the children of Israel:
4:6 That this may be a sign among you, [that] when your children
 ask [their fathers] in time to come, saying, What [mean] ye by
 these stones?
4:7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were
 cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it
 passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and
 these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel
 for ever.
4:8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and
 took up twelve stones from the midst of Jordan, as the the LORD
 commanded Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the
 children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the
 place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
4:9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in
 the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the
 covenant stood: and they are there to this day.
4:10 For the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of
 Jordan, until every thing was finished that the LORD commanded
 Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses
 commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over.
4:11 And it came to pass, when all the people had quite passed
 over, that the ark of the LORD passed over, and the priests in
 the presence of the people.
4:12 And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and
 half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the
 children of Israel, as Moses directed them:
4:13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before
 the LORD to battle, to the plains of Jericho.
4:14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all
 Israel, and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days
 of his life.
4:15 And the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying,
4:16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony,
 that they come up out of Jordan.
4:17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up
 out of Jordan.
4:18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bore the ark of
 the covenant of the LORD had come up out of the midst of
 Jordan, [and] the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up
 upon the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned to their
 place, and flowed over all its banks, as [they did] before.
4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth [day] of
 the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of
 Jericho.
4:20 And those twelve stones which they took out of Jordan, did
 Joshua set up in Gilgal.
4:21 And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your
 children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What
 [mean] these stones?
4:22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came
 over this Jordan on dry land.
4:23 For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from
 before you, until ye had passed over, as the LORD your God did
 to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we had
 gone over:
4:24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the
 LORD that it [is] mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God
 for ever.
 
 

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