Joshua 3:2-12 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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2 At the end of three days the officers went through the camp 2 After three days the officers went throughout the camp,
3 and commanded the people, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it, 3 giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.
4 that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, a distance of about two thousand cubits; do not come near it." 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it."
5 And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you." 5 Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."
6 And Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass on before the people." And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people. 6 Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people." So they took it up and went ahead of them.
7 And the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 7 And the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
8 And you shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, 'When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'" 8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river.' "
9 And Joshua said to the people of Israel, "Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God." 9 Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.
10 And Joshua said, "Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Per'izzites, the Gir'gashites, the Amorites, and the Jeb'usites. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.
11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is to pass over before you into the Jordan. 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.
12 Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. 12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.