The men of Reuben,1 Gad2 and the half-tribe of Manasseh3 crossed over, armed, in front of the Israelites,4 as Moses had directed them.513
About forty thousand armed for battle6 crossed over7 before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.
That day the LORD exalted8 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 Testimony9 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 place10 and ran at flood stage11 as before.
On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal12 on the eastern border of Jericho.
And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones13 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?'1422
tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'15