Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim1 and went to the Jordan,2 where they camped before crossing over.
After three days3 the officers4 went throughout the camp,53
giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant6 of the LORD your God, and the priests,7 who are Levites,8 carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.
Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yardsa9 between you and the ark; do not go near it."
Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves,10 for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things11 among you."
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.
And the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you12 in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.138
Tell the priests14 who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river.' "
Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.