Memorial Stones from Jordan
1 Now when° all° the nation° had finished° crossing° the aJordan°, the LORD° spoke° to Joshua°, saying°, 2 “aTake° for yourselves twelve°° men° from the people°, one° man° from each°° tribe°, 3 and command° them, saying°, ‘Take° up for yourselves twelve°° stones° from here° out of the middle° of the Jordan°, from the place° where° the priests’° feet° are standing° firm°, and carry° them over° with you and lay° them down° in athe lodging° place° where° you will lodge° tonight°.’” 4 So Joshua° called° the twelve°° men° whom° he had appointed° from the sons° of Israel°, one° man° from each°° tribe°; 5 and Joshua° said° to them, “ICross° again° to the ark° of the LORD° your God° into the middle° of the Jordan°, and each° of you take° up a stone° on his shoulder°, according to the number° of the tribes° of the sons° of Israel°. 6 ILet this° be a sign° among° you, so that awhen your children° ask° IIlater°, saying°, ‘What° do these° stones° mean to you?’ 7 then you shall say° to them, ‘Because° the awaters° of the Jordan° were cut° off° before°° the ark° of the covenant° of the LORD°; when it crossed° the Jordan°, the waters° of the Jordan° were cut° off°.’ So these° stones° shall become° a bmemorial° to the sons° of Israel° forever°°.”
 aDt 27:2; Jsh 3:17
 aJsh 3:12
 aJsh 4:20
 ILit Cross before the ark
 ILit That this may be IILit tomorrow aEx 12:26; 13:14; Jsh 4:21
 aJsh 3:13 bEx 12:14; Nu 16:40
8 ¶ Thus° the sons° of Israel° did° as Joshua° commanded°, and took° up twelve°° stones° from the middle° of the Jordan°, just° as the LORD° spoke° to Joshua°, according to the number° of the tribes° of the sons° of Israel°; and they carried° them over° with them to athe lodging° place° and put° them down° there°. 9 Then Joshua° set° up twelve°° astones° in the middle° of the Jordan° at the place°° where° the feet° of the priests° who carried° the ark° of the covenant° were standing°, and they are there° to this° day°. 10 For the priests° who carried° the ark° were standing° in the middle° of the Jordan° until° everything° was completed° that the LORD° had commanded° Joshua° to speak° to the people°, according to all° that Moses° had commanded° Joshua°. And the people° hurried° and crossed°; 11 and when° all° the people° had finished° crossing°, the ark° of the LORD° and the priests° crossed° before° the people°. 12 aThe sons° of Reuben° and the sons° of Gad° and the half-tribe°° of Manasseh° crossed° over° in battle° array° before° the sons° of Israel°, just° as Moses° had spoken° to them; 13 about 40,000°° equipped° for war°, crossed° for battle° before° the LORD° to the desert° plains° of Jericho°.
15 ¶ Now the LORD° said° to IJoshua°, 16 “Command° the priests° who carry° athe ark° of the testimony° that they come° up from the Jordan°.” 17 So Joshua° commanded° the priests°, saying°, “Come° up from the Jordan°.” 18 It came° about when the priests° who carried° the ark° of the covenant° of the LORD° had come° up from the middle° of the Jordan°, and the soles° of the priests’° feet° were Ilifted° up to the dry° ground°, that the waters° of the Jordan° returned° to their place°, and went° over° all° its banks° as before°°.
19 ¶ Now the people° came° up from the Jordan° on the atenth° of the first° month° and camped° at Gilgal° on the eastern° edge° of Jericho°. 20 IaThose° twelve°° stones° which° they had taken° from the Jordan°, Joshua° set° up bat Gilgal°. 21 He said° to the sons° of IIsrael°, “When° your children° ask° their fathers° in time° to come°, saying°, ‘What° are these° stones°?’ 22 then you shall inform° your children°, saying°, ‘Israel° crossed° this° Jordan° on adry° ground°.’ 23 For the LORD° your God° dried° up the waters° of the Jordan° before°° you until° you had crossed°, just° as the LORD° your God° had done° to the IRed°° Sea°, awhich° He dried° up before°° us until° we had crossed°; 24 that aall° the peoples° of the earth° may know° that the bhand° of the LORD° is mighty°, so° that you may Icfear° the LORD° your God° IIforever°°.”
 aDt 1:3
 ILit these aJsh 4:8 bJsh 4:3, 8
 ILit Israel, saying,
 aJsh 3:17
 ILit Sea of Reeds aEx 14:21
 IOr reverence IILit all the days a1K 8:42; 2K 19:19; Ps 106:8 bEx 15:16; 1Ch 29:12; Ps 89:13 cEx 14:31; Ps 76:7f; Jr 10:7
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Twelve men are appointed to take twelve stones for a memorial out of Jordan.
1 ¶ And it came to pass,² when² all² the peopleº were cleanºª passed overºª² Jordan,º that the LORDº spakeºª unto² Joshua,º saying,ºª 2 Takeºª you twelveºº men¹² out of² the people,º out of every¹ tribe¹ a man,ºº²² 3 And commandºª ye them, saying,ºª Takeºª you hence²² out of the midstº² of Jordan,º out of the place²² where the priests'º feetº stood¹ firm,ºª twelveºº stones,º and ye shall carry them overºª² with² you, and leave¹ª² them in the lodging place,º where² ye shall lodgeºª this night.º 4 Then Joshuaº calledºª² the twelveºº men,º whom² he had preparedºª of the childrenº² of Israel,º out of every¹ tribe¹ a man:ºº²² 5 And Joshuaº saidºª unto them, Pass overºª beforeº the arkº of the LORDº your Godº into² the midstº of Jordan,º and take ye upºª every¹ manº of you a² stoneº upon² his shoulder,º according unto the numberº of the tribesº of the childrenº of Israel:º 6 That² this² may be² a signº amongº you, [that] when² your childrenº askºª [their fathers] in time to come,º saying,ºª What² [mean] ye by these² stones?º 7 Then ye shall answerºª them, That² the watersº of Jordanº were cut offºª beforeº² the arkº of the covenantº of the LORD;º when it passed overºª Jordan,º the watersº of Jordanº were cut off:ºª and these² stonesº shall be² for a memorialº unto the childrenº of Israelº for¹ ever.º² 8 And the childrenº of Israelº didºª so² as² Joshuaº commanded,ºª and took upºª twelveºº stonesº out of the midstº² of Jordan,º as² the LORDº spakeºª unto² Joshua,º according to the numberº of the tribesº of the childrenº of Israel,º and carried them overºª with² them unto² the place where they lodged,º and laid them down¹ª² there.²
 Dt 27:2; Jsh 3:17.
 Nu 1:4; 13:2; 34:18; Dt 1:23; Jsh 3:12; 1K 18:31; Mt 10:1.
 Gn 28:22; Dt 27:1; Jsh 3:13; 4:8, 19; 24:27; 1S 7:12; Ps 11:4; 103:2; Lk 19:40.
 Jsh 4:2; Mk 3:14.
 Ex 12:14, 26; 13:9, 14; 31:13; Nu 16:38; Dt 6:20; 11:19; Jsh 4:21; 22:27; Ps 44:1; 71:18; 78:3; Is 38:19; 55:13; Ezk 20:12, 20; Ac 2:39.
 Ex 12:14; 28:12; 30:16; Nu 16:40; Jsh 3:13; 4:6; Ps 111:4; Is 66:3; 1Co 11:24.
 Jsh 1:16; 4:2.
Twelve other stones are set up in the midst of Jordan.
 Gn 26:33; Ex 24:12; 28:21; Dt 34:6; Jsh 4:20; Jg 1:26; 1S 30:25; 2S 4:3; 1K 18:31; 2Ch 5:9; Ps 111:2; Mt 27:8; 28:15.
The people pass over.
10 ¶ For the priestsº which bareºª the arkº stoodºª in the midstº of Jordan,º until² every thingº² was finishedºª that² the LORDº commandedºª² Joshuaº to speakºª unto² the people,º according to all² that² Mosesº commandedºª² Joshua:º and the peopleº hastedºª and passed over.ºª 11 And it came to pass,² when² all² the peopleº were cleanºª passed over,ºª that the arkº of the LORDº passed over,ºª and the priests,º in the presenceº of the people.º 12 And the childrenº of Reuben,º and the childrenº of Gad,º and halfº the tribeº of Manasseh,º passed overºª armedº beforeº the childrenº of Israel,º as² Mosesº spakeºª unto² them: 13 About fortyº thousandº preparedºª for warº passed overºª beforeº the LORDº unto battle,º to² the plainsº of Jericho.º
 Ex 12:39; Nu 27:21; Dt 31:9; Jsh 3:13, 16; Ps 119:60; Pv 27:1; Ec 9:10; Is 28:16; 2Co 6:2; He 3:7.
 Jsh 3:8, 17; 4:18.
 Nu 32:20; Jsh 1:14.
 Jsh 5:10; 2K 25:5; Jr 39:5; 52:8; Ep 6:11.
God magnifieth Joshua.
14 ¶ On that² dayº the LORDº magnifiedºª² Joshuaº in the sightº of all² Israel;º and they fearedºª him, as² they fearedºª² Moses,º all² the daysº of his life.º 15 And the LORDº spakeºª unto² Joshua,º saying,ºª 16 Commandºª² the priestsº that bearºª the arkº of the testimony,º that they come upºª out of² Jordan.º 17 Joshuaº therefore commandedºª² the priests,º saying,ºª Come ye upºª out of² Jordan.º 18 And it came to pass,² when the priestsº that bareºª the arkº of the covenantº of the LORDº were come upºª out of the midstº² of Jordan,º [and] the solesº of the priests'º feetº were lifted upºª unto² the dry land,º that the watersº of Jordanº returnedºª unto their place,º and flowed¹ª² over² all² his banks,º asº [they did] before.º
 Ex 14:31; Jsh 1:16; 3:7; 1S 12:18; 1K 3:28; 2Ch 30:12; Pv 24:21; Ro 13:4; 1Co 10:2.
 Ex 25:16; Jsh 3:3; Rv 11:19.
 Gn 8:16; Dn 3:26; Ac 16:23, 35.
 Ex 14:26; Jsh 3:13, 15; 1Ch 12:15; Is 8:8.
The people pass over.
The twelve stones are pitched in Gilgal.
20 And those² twelveºº stones,º which² they took² out¹ª of² Jordan,º did Joshuaº pitchºª in Gilgal.º 21 And he spakeºª unto² the childrenº of Israel,º saying,ºª When² your childrenº shall askºª² their fathersº in time to come,º saying,ºª What² [mean] these² stones?º 22 Then ye shall let² your childrenº know,ºª saying,ºª Israelº came overºª² this² Jordanº on dry land.º 23 For² the LORDº your Godº dried upºª² the watersº of Jordanº from beforeº² you, until² ye were passed over,ºª as² the LORDº your Godº didºª to the Redº sea,º which² he dried upºª from beforeº² us, until² we were gone over:ºª 24 That² all² the peopleº of the earthº might knowºª² the handº of the LORD,º that² it² [is] mighty:º that² ye might fearºª² the LORDº your Godº for ever.º²
 Jsh 4:3, 8.
 Jsh 4:6; Ps 105:2; 145:4.
 Ex 14:29; 15:19; Jsh 3:17; Ps 66:5; Is 11:15; 44:27; 51:10; Rv 16:12.
 Ex 14:21; Ne 9:11; Ps 77:16; 78:13; Is 43:16; 63:12.
 Ex 9:16; 14:31; 15:16; 20:20; Dt 6:2; 28:10; 1S 17:46; 1K 8:42; 2K 5:15; 19:19; 1Ch 29:12; Ps 76:6; 89:7, 13; 106:8; Jr 10:6; 32:40; Dn 3:26; 4:34; 6:26.
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