Joshua 4

VIN(i) 1 After all the nation finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2 "Take twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, 3 and tell them, 'Pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan where the priests' feet were standing, bring them along with you, and put them down where you camp tonight.'" 4 So Joshua summoned the twelve men whom he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe. 5 And Joshua said to them, "Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God to the middle of the Jordan, and each one of you lift up a stone on your shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 Let this serve as a sign among you, so that when your children ask in times to come, 'What do these stones mean to you,' 7 then you shall tell them, 'Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.'" 8 Thus the Israelites did as Joshua commanded. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan as the LORD told Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, and they carried them over with them to the camp, and they put them there. 9 Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day. 10 The priests carrying the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything that Yahweh commanded Joshua to tell the people was finished, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua. And the people hastily crossed over. 11 And it happened, when the people had finished crossing over, the ark of the LORD and the priests crossed over before the people. 12 The children of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over armed before the Israelites, as Moses told them. 13 About forty thousand armed for fighting crossed over before the presence of the LORD to the plains of Jericho for battle. 14 In that day the LORD made Joshua great in the sight of all Israel. And they feared him all the days of his life, even as they feared Moses. 15 Then the Lord said to Joshua, 16 "Command the priests carrying the ark of the testimony to come up from the Jordan." 17 So Joshua commanded the priests, saying,—Come ye up out of the Jordan. 18 And when they that carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, were come up, and began to tread on the dry ground, the waters returned into their channel, and ran as they were wont before. 19 So on the tenth day of the first month the people came up out of Jordan, and put up their tents in Gilgal, on the east side of Jericho. 20 and Joshua set up at Galgala, the twelve stones which he had taken out of the Jordan, 21 He spoke to the children of israel: »when your children will ask their fathers in time to come, what these stones mean? 22 Tell your children that Israel crossed that Jordan on dry 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 did to the Red Sea, which he dried up before us until we had crossed over, 24 so that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD is mighty, and so that you might fear the LORD your God forever.