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Joshua 4 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying , 1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,
2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, 2 "Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe,
3 And command ye them, saying , Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm , twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night. 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight."
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe,
5 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: 5 and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,
6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying , What mean ye by these stones? 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?'
7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off : and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off 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 memorial to the people of Israel forever."
8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded , and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the LORD spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.
9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day. 9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been 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.
10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until every thing was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over . 10 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,
11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over , that the ark of the LORD passed over , and the priests, in the presence of the people. 11 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.
12 And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses spake unto them: 12 The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, armed, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them.
13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho. 13 About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.
14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life. 14 That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses.
15 And the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying , 15 Then the LORD said to Joshua,
16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan. 16 "Command the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan."
17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying , Come ye up out of Jordan. 17 So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan."
18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before. 18 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 place and ran at flood stage as before.
19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. 19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho.
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.
21 And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying , When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying , What mean these stones? 21 He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, 'What do these stones mean?'
22 Then ye shall let your children know , saying , Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. 22 tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'
23 For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over , as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over : 23 For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God."