King James VersionJoshua3


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 over. 2 And it came to pass af­ter three days, that the of­fi­cers went through the host; 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. 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. 5 And Joshua said unto the peo­ple, Sanc­ti­fy your­selves: for to mor­row the LORD will do won­ders among you. 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 peo­ple. 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. 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. 9 And Joshua said unto the chil­dren of Is­rael, Come hith­er, and hear the words of the LORD your God. 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. 11 Be­hold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth pas­seth over be­fore you into Jor­dan. 12 Now there­fore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Is­rael, out of ev­ery tribe a man. 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. 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; 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,) 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. 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.