Joshua 3:8

8 Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the waters,[a] stand in the Jordan.' "

Joshua 3:8 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 3:8

And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the
Who were subject to Joshua, the chief governor of the nation, and general of the army, as well as the common people; and whose commands they were to obey, and especially when they appeared to be from the Lord:

saying, when ye come to the brink of the water of Jordan;
not of the bank of it, but of the water, which had now overflowed its bank; that is, the brink or extremity of it, which was nearest to them, and to which they first came; though it is a notion of some Jewish commentators F20, and which some Christian interpreters F21 have given into, and both of considerable note, that this was the further extremity, or the brink on the other side of the river; but, according to this notion, they must pass the river to the other side before the waters were divided, which is not credible; and must return again into the midst of the river, which is not probable; and besides, it is expressly said, that as soon as their feet dipped in the brim, or extremity of the water, the waters parted, which must be the first brim or extremity they came at, ( Joshua 3:15 ) ;

ye shall stand still in Jordan;
after the waters were parted; upon their coming to, and touching, the brink of them, they proceeded, and went into the middle of the river, where they were ordered to stop and stand still.


F20 Kimchi, Abarbinel.
F21 Masius, Drusius.

Joshua 3:8 In-Context

6 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.
7 The Lord spoke to Joshua: "Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so they will know that I will be with you just as I was with Moses.
8 Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the waters, stand in the Jordan.' "
9 Then Joshua told the Israelites, "Come closer and listen to the words of the Lord your God."
10 He said, "You will know that the living God is among you and that He will certainly dispossess before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Lit waters of the Jordan