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But keep a distance of about 1,000 yards
between yourselves and the ark. Don't go near it, so that you can see the way to go, for you haven't traveled this way before."
Joshua 3:4 In-Context
After three days the officers went through the camp
and commanded the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God carried by the Levitical priests, you must break camp and follow it.
But keep a distance of about 1,000 yards between yourselves and the ark. Don't go near it, so that you can see the way to go, for you haven't traveled this way before."
Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, because the Lord will do wonders among you tomorrow."
Then he said to the priests, "Take the ark of the covenant and go on ahead of the people." So they carried the ark of the covenant and went ahead of them.
Lit 2,000 cubits
Lit yesterday and the day before
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