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Joshua 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Memorials to the Jordan Crossing
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:1 - When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:2 - “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:3 - Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:4 - So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:5 - He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the LORD your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:6 - We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:7 - Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:8 - So the men did as Joshua had commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe, just as the LORD had told Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:9 - Joshua also set up another pile of twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, at the place where the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant were standing. And they are there to this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:10 - The priests who were carrying the Ark stood in the middle of the river until all of the LORD’s commands that Moses had given to Joshua were carried out. Meanwhile, the people hurried across the riverbed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:11 - And when everyone was safely on the other side, the priests crossed over with the Ark of the LORD as the people watched.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:12 - The armed warriors from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh led the Israelites across the Jordan, just as Moses had directed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:13 - These armed men—about 40,000 strong—were ready for battle, and the LORD was with them as they crossed over to the plains of Jericho.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:14 - That day the LORD made Joshua a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites, and for the rest of his life they revered him as much as they had revered Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:15 - The LORD had said to Joshua,
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:16 - “Command the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant[fn] to come up out of the riverbed.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:17 - So Joshua gave the command.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:18 - As soon as the priests carrying the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant came up out of the riverbed and their feet were on high ground, the water of the Jordan returned and overflowed its banks as before.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:19 - The people crossed the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month.[fn] Then they camped at Gilgal, just east of Jericho.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:20 - It was there at Gilgal that Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:21 - Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:22 - Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:23 - For the LORD your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea[fn] when he dried it up until we had all crossed over.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 4:24 - He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the LORD’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the LORD your God forever.”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Ark of the Testimony.
This day in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in late March, April, or early May.
Hebrew sea of reeds.

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