Joshua 4

Thomson(i) 1 And when all the people had entirely crossed the Jordan, the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, 2 Take men from among the people, one from every tribe, 3 and give them orders. And you shall take up, out of the middle of the Jordan, twelve smooth stones, and carry them with you, and place them in your encampment, wherever you encamp to night. 4 So Joshua called out twelve men of eminent dignity from among the children of Israel, one from every tribe, 5 and said to them, Go on before me in the presence of the Lord, into the middle of the Jordan, and let every one take up thence a stone, and carry it on his shoulders, according to the number of the twelve tribes of Israel; 6 that they may be to you an everlasting memorial; that when thy son shall hereafter ask thee, saying, What are these stones to us? 7 thou mayst explain them to thy son, and say, Because the river Jordan dried up at the presence of the Ark of the covenant of the Lord of the whole earth, when it crossed it, therefore you shall have these stones for an everlasting memorial for the children of Israel. 8 Accordingly these sons of Israel did as the Lord commanded Joshua, and having taken up twelve stones, out of the midst of the Jordan, as the Lord commanded Joshua, when the Israelites had done crossing, they carried them with them to the place of encampment, and deposited them there; 9 and Joshua caused twelve other stones to be placed in the Jordan, in the very spot under the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and they are there at this day. 10 Now the priests, who carried the ark of the covenant, stood in the Jordan, until Joshua had executed all that the Lord commanded him to declare to the people. And the people hasted and crossed over. 11 And when all the people had done crossing, then the Ark of the covenant of the Lord crossed over, with the stones before them. 12 And the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half of the tribe of Manasses, crossed over well armed before the children of Israel, as Moses had commanded them. 13 Forty thousand, well equipped for war, crossed over before the Lord, in battle array, to the city Jericho. 14 On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of the whole race of Israel, and they feared him, as they did Moses all the days of his life, 15 Now when the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, 16 Command the priests who carry the ark of the covenant of the testimony of the Lord, to come up out of the Jordan; 17 And Joshua had commanded the priests, saying, Come up out of the Jordan, 18 it came to pass that as soon as the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord came up out of the Jordan, and had set their feet on the land, the water of the Jordan rushed impetuously to its place, and overflowed all its banks, as it did before. 19 Now the people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and the children of Israel encamped at Galgala, on the eastern border of Jericho; 20 and Joshua set up at Galgala, the twelve stones which he had taken out of the Jordan, 21 and said, When your children ask you, saying, What stones are these? 22 Tell your children that Israel crossed that Jordan on dry ground, 23 the Lord our God having dried up the water of the Jordan before them, until they crossed over, as the Lord our God had done to the Red sea, which the Lord our God dried up before us, until we passed through it, 24 that all the nations of the earth might know, that the power of the Lord is great, and that you may worship the Lord our God by every thing which you do.