tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off1 before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial2 to the people of Israel forever."
So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones3 from the middle of the Jordan,4 according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua;5 and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.
Joshua set up the twelve stones6 that had beena in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.710
Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the LORD had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over,
and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the LORD and the priests came to the other side while the people watched.
The men of Reuben,8 Gad9 and the half-tribe of Manasseh10 crossed over, armed, in front of the Israelites,11 as Moses had directed them.1213
About forty thousand armed for battle13 crossed over14 before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.
That day the LORD exalted15 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 Testimony16 to come up out of the Jordan."
So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan."