This is how you will know that the living God1 is among you2 and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites,3 Hivites, Perizzites,4 Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.511
See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth6 will go into the Jordan ahead of you.712
Now then, choose twelve men8 from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.
And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD--the Lord of all the earth9--set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream10 will be cut off11 and stand up in a heap.12"
So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant13 went ahead14 of them.
Now the Jordan15 is at flood stage16 all during harvest.17 Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge,
the water from upstream stopped flowing.18 It piled up in a heap19 a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan,20 while the water flowing down21 to the Sea of the Arabah22 (the Salt Seaa23) was completely cut off.24 So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.2517
The priests26 who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan,27 while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.28