So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones1 from the middle of the Jordan,2 according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua;3 and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.
Joshua set up the twelve stones4 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.510
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,6 Gad7 and the half-tribe of Manasseh8 crossed over, armed, in front of the Israelites,9 as Moses had directed them.1013
About forty thousand armed for battle11 crossed over12 before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.
That day the LORD exalted13 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 Testimony14 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 place15 and ran at flood stage16 as before.