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 over.
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 to it, that ye may
know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed [this]
3:5 And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves: for
to-morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.
3:6 And Joshua spoke to 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.
3:7 And the LORD said to 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 have come to the brink of the water
of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.
3:9 And Joshua said to the children of Israel, Come hither, and
hear the words of the LORD your God.
3:10 And Joshua said, By this 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
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 in a 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 bore the ark had come to Jordan, and the
feet of the priests that bore the ark were dipped in the brim
of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all its banks all the
time of harvest,)
3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood [and] rose
up in a heap very far from the city Adam, that [is] beside
Zaretan; and those that came down towards 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 bore 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
had passed quite over Jordan.