Yehoshua - Joshua
1 And it came to pass, when all the nation were
clean passed over the Jordan, that HaShem spoke unto Joshua, saying:
2 'Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe
3 and command ye them, saying: Take you hence out of the
midst of the Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood, twelve
stones made ready, and carry them over with you, and lay them down in the
lodging-place, where ye shall lodge this night.'
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of
the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man;
5 and Joshua said unto them: 'Pass on before the ark of
HaShem your G-d into the midst of the Jordan, and take you up every man of you a
stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children
6 that this may be a sign among you, that when your children
ask in time to come, saying: What mean ye by these stones?
7 then ye shall say unto them: Because the waters of the
Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of HaShem; when it passed
over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off; and these stones shall
be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.'
8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and
took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, as HaShem spoke unto
Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel; and
they carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them
9 Joshua also set up twelve stones in the midst of the
Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests that bore the ark of the
covenant stood; and they are there unto this day.
10 And the priests that bore the ark stood in the midst of
the Jordan, until every thing was finished that HaShem commanded Joshua to speak
unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua; and the people
hastened and passed over.
11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed
over, that the ark of HaShem passed on, and the priests, before the people.
12 And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and
the half-tribe of Manasseh, passed on armed before the children of Israel, as
Moses spoke unto them;
13 about forty thousand ready armed for war passed on in the
presence of HaShem unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
14 On that day HaShem magnified Joshua in the sight of all
Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
15 And HaShem spoke unto Joshua, saying:
16 'Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony,
that they come up out of the Jordan.'
17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying: 'Come ye
up out of the Jordan.'
18 And it came to pass, as the priests that bore the ark of
the covenant of HaShem came up out of the midst of the Jordan, as soon as the
soles of the priests' feet were drawn up unto the dry ground, that the waters of
the Jordan returned unto their place, and went over all its banks, as aforetime.
19 And the people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day
of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, on the east border of Jericho.
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of the
Jordan, did Joshua set up in Gilgal.
21 And he spoke unto the children of Israel, saying: 'When
your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying: What mean these
22 then ye shall let your children know, saying: Israel came
over this Jordan on dry land.
23 For HaShem your G-d dried up the waters of Jordan from
before you, until ye were passed over, as HaShem your G-d did to the Red Sea,
which He dried up from before us, until we were passed over,
24 that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of
HaShem, that it is mighty; that ye may fear HaShem your G-d for ever.'