1 And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that
Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying:
2 Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe,
3 and command them, saying, Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the
midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood firm. You shall carry them
over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel,
one man from each tribe;
5 and Joshua said to them: Cross over before the ark of Jehovah your God into the midst
of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the
number of the tribes of the sons of Israel,
6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying,
What are these stones to you?
7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of
the covenant of Jehovah; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were
cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel for all time.
8 And the children of Israel did so, as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones
from the midst of the Jordan, as Jehovah had spoken to Joshua, according to the number
of the tribes of the sons of Israel, and carried them over with them to the place where they
lodged, and laid them down there.
9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, at the place where the feet
of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day.
10 Thus, the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything
was finished that Jehovah had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all
that Moses had commanded Joshua; and the people hurried and crossed over.
11 And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over, that the ark of
Jehovah and the priests crossed over before the people.
12 And the men of Reuben, the men of Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over
armed before the children of Israel, as Moses had spoken to them.
13 About forty thousand prepared for war crossed over before Jehovah for battle, to the
plains of Jericho.
14 On that day Jehovah magnified Joshua in the eyes of all Israel; and they feared him, as
they had feared Moses, all the days of his life.
15 And Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying,
16 Command the priests who bear the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan.
17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come up out of the Jordan.
18 And it came to pass, when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of Jehovah had
come from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet touched the dry land,
that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks as before.
19 Now the people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and
they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.
20 And the twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal.
21 And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying: When your sons ask their fathers in time
to come, saying, What are these stones?
22 then you shall let your children know, saying, Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry
23 for Jehovah your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had
crossed over, as Jehovah your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until
we had crossed over,
24 that all the peoples of the earth might know the hand of Jehovah, that it is mighty, that
you may fear Jehovah your God all your days.