Crossing the Jordan
3:1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they
removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the
children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed
3:2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers
went through the host;
3:3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the
ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests
the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your
place, and go after it.
3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about
two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that
ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not
passed this way heretofore.
3:5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves:
for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.
3:6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the
ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And
they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the
3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to
magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know
that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
3:8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of
the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the
water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.
3:9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come
hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.
3:10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living
God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out
from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the
Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the
Amorites, and the Jebusites.
3:11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the
earth passeth over before you into Jordan.
3:12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of
Israel, out of every tribe a man.
3:13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the
feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the LORD
of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that
the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that
come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.
3:14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from
their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing
the ark of the covenant before the people;
3:15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan,
and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in
the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks
all the time of harvest,)
3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood and
rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is
beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of
the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and
the people passed over right against Jericho.
3:17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of
the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan,
and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all
the people were passed clean over Jordan.