Now whenall the nation had finishedcrossing the 1Jordan, the LORDspoke to Joshua, saying,
"2Take for yourselves twelvemen from the people, oneman from eachtribe,
and command them, saying, 'Take up for yourselves twelvestones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the placewhere the priests'feet are standingfirm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in 3the lodgingplacewhere you will lodgetonight.' "
So Joshuacalled the twelvemenwhom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, oneman from eachtribe;
and Joshuasaid to them, "aCrossagain to the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel.
"bLet this be a signamong you, so that 4when your childrenaskclater, saying, 'What do thesestones mean to you?'
then you shall say to them, 'Because the 5waters of the Jordan were cutoffbefore the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cutoff.' So thesestones shall become a 6memorial to the sons of Israelforever ."
8Thus the sons of Israeldid as Joshuacommanded, and took up twelvestones from the middle of the Jordan, just as the LORDspoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel; and they carried them over with them to 7the lodgingplace and put them downthere.
Then Joshuaset up twelve8stones in the middle of the Jordan at the placewhere the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to thisday.
For the priests who carried the ark were standing in the middle of the Jordanuntileverything was completed that the LORD had commandedJoshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commandedJoshua. And the peoplehurried and crossed;
and whenall the people had finishedcrossing, the ark of the LORD and the priestscrossedbefore the people.
129The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manassehcrossedover in battlearraybefore the sons of Israel, just as Moses had spoken to them;
about 40,000equipped for war, crossed for battlebefore the LORD to the desertplains of Jericho.
1410On that day the LORDexaltedJoshua in the sight of allIsrael; so that they drevered him, just as they had ereveredMosesall the days of his life.
Now the LORDsaid to fJoshua,
16"Command the priests who carry11the ark of the testimony that they come up from the Jordan."
So Joshuacommanded the priests, saying, "Come up from the Jordan."
It came about when the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come up from the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests'feet were glifted up to the dryground, that the waters of the Jordanreturned to their place, and wentoverall its banks as before.
Now the peoplecame up from the Jordan on the 12tenth of the firstmonth and camped at Gilgal on the easternedge of Jericho.
20h13Thosetwelvestoneswhich they had taken from the Jordan, Joshuaset up 14at Gilgal.
He said to the sons of iIsrael, "When your childrenask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are thesestones?'
then you shall inform your children, saying, 'IsraelcrossedthisJordan on 15dryground.'
"For the LORD your Goddried up the waters of the Jordanbefore you until you had crossed, just as the LORD your God had done to the jRedSea, 16which He dried up before us until we had crossed;
that 17all the peoples of the earth may know that the 18hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may k19fear the LORD your Godlforever ."