Joshua 5 (New International Version)

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Circumcision at Gilgal

1 Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast1 heard how the LORD had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until we had crossed over, their hearts melted2 and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites. 2 At that time the LORD said to Joshua, "Make flint knives3 and circumcise4 the Israelites again." 3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.a 4 Now this is why he did so: All those who came out of Egypt--all the men of military age5--died in the desert on the way after leaving Egypt.6 5 All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the desert during the journey from Egypt had not. 6 The Israelites had moved about in the desert7 forty years8 until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the LORD. For the LORD had sworn to them that they would not see the land that he had solemnly promised their fathers to give us,9 a land flowing with milk and honey.10 7 So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised. They were still uncircumcised because they had not been circumcised on the way. 8 And after the whole nation had been circumcised, they remained where they were in camp until they were healed.11 9 Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." So the place has been called Gilgalb12 to this day. 10 On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month,13 while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover.14 11 The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land:15 unleavened bread16 and roasted grain.17 12 The manna stopped the day afterc they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan.18

The Fall of Jericho

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man19 standing in front of him with a drawn sword20 in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?" 14 "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown21 to the ground22 in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lordd have for his servant?" 15 The commander of the LORD's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy."23 And Joshua did so.
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