Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God(A) is among you(B) and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites,(C) Hivites, Perizzites,(D) Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.(E) 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth(F) will go into the Jordan ahead of you.(G) 12 Now then, choose twelve men(H) from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth(I)—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream(J) will be cut off(K) and stand up in a heap.(L)

14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant(M) went ahead(N) of them. 15 Now the Jordan(O) is at flood stage(P) all during harvest.(Q) Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing.(R) It piled up in a heap(S) a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan,(T) while the water flowing down(U) to the Sea of the Arabah(V) (that is, the Dead Sea(W)) was completely cut off.(X) So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.(Y) 17 The priests(Z) who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground,(AA) while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.(AB)

When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan,(AC) the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men(AD) from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones(AE) from the middle of the Jordan,(AF) from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.(AG)

So Joshua called together the twelve men(AH) he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan.(AI) Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign(AJ) among you. In the future, when your children(AK) ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’(AL) tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off(AM) before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial(AN) to the people of Israel forever.”

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