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10Meanwhile, the priests carrying the chest were standing in the middle of the Jordan. They stood there until every command that the LORD had ordered Joshua to tell the people had been carried out. This was exactly what Moses had commanded Joshua. The people crossed over quickly. 11As soon as all the people had finished crossing, the LORD’s chest crossed over. The priests then moved to the front of the people. 12The people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh crossed over, organized for war ahead of the Israelites, exactly as Moses had told them. 13Approximately forty thousand armed for war crossed over in the LORD’s presence to the plains of Jericho, ready for battle. 14The LORD made Joshua great in the opinion of all Israel on that day. So they revered him in the same way that they had revered Moses during all of his life.
15The LORD said to Joshua, 16"Command the priests carrying the chest containing the testimony to come up out of the Jordan."
17So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up from the Jordan." 18The priests carrying the LORD’s covenant chest came up from the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of their feet touched dry ground. At that moment, the water of the Jordan started flowing again. It ran as before, completely over its banks. 19The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month.#March–April, Nisan They camped at Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.
Stones at Gilgal
20Joshua set up at Gilgal those twelve stones they had taken from the Jordan. 21He said to the Israelites, "In the future your children will ask their parents, ‘What about these stones?’ 22Then you will let your children know: ‘Israel crossed over the Jordan here on dry ground.’ 23This was because the LORD your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you until you crossed over. This was exactly what the LORD your God did to the Reed Sea.#Or Red Sea He dried it up before us until we crossed over. 24This happened so that all the earth’s peoples might know that the LORD’s power is great and that you may always revere the LORD your God."
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