That day the LORD exalted1 Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses.
Then the LORD said to Joshua,
"Command the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony2 to come up out of the Jordan."
So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan."
And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place3 and ran at flood stage4 as before.
On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal5 on the eastern border of Jericho.
And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones6 they had taken out of the Jordan.
He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, 'What do these stones mean?'722
tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'823
For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Seaa when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.924
He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know10 that the hand of the LORD is powerful11 and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.12"