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g000dbuddy 34M
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12/18/2021 9:39 pm
CROSSING THE RIVER JORDAN


After the death of Moses, Jehovah said to Joshua, Moses' helper, "Moses my servant is
dead: Now arise, go over the Jordan with all this people to the land which I am about to give
to the Israelites. As long as you live no one will be able to stand against you. As I was with
Moses, so I shall be with you: I will not fail you nor forsake you. Be brave and strong, for you
shall give this people the land which I solemnly promised their fathers I would give them.[58]
be brave and strong to keep faithfully all the law, as Moses my servant commanded
you. Turn not from it to the right nor to the left, and you shall have success wherever you
go. Have I not commanded you? Be brave and strong; fear not nor be afraid, for Jehovah
your God is with you wherever you go."
Then Joshua gave this order to the officers who were over the people: "Go through all the
camp and give this command: 'Prepare food for yourselves, for within three days you are to
cross this Jordan, to go in and take the land which Jehovah your God has given you as your
own.'"
While Joshua was Shittim, he secretly sent two men as spies, with the command: "Go,
explore the land and especially Jericho." So they went and entered the house of a woman
named Rahab, and stayed there.
It was reported to the king of Jericho, "Some men came here to-night from the Israelites to
explore the land." Therefore the king of Jericho sent to Rahab and said, "Bring the men
who entered your house, for they have come to explore all the land."
Now the woman had taken the two men and hidden them; so she said, "It is true, some men
came to me, but I did not know where they came from. When the time came to shut the
gate at night, the men went and I do not know where they have gone. Follow after them
quickly, for you may overtake them." She, however, had brought them up to the roof and
hidden them with the stalks of flax which she had spread there. So the men of Jericho
followed after them in the direction of the fords of the Jordan; and as soon as the men of
Jericho had gone , the gate was closed.
The spies had hardly lain down when Rahab came up to them on the roof and said, "I know
that Jehovah has given you the land and that fear of you has seized us and that because of
you all who live in the land are losing heart. Now therefore swear to me by Jehovah, since I
have treated you with kindness, that you will also treat my family kindly, and promise me
that you will save the lives of my father, my , my brothers, and my sisters, together
with all that they have, and will not put us to death." The men said to her, "We are ready to
give our lives for you, if you do not tell what we are doing; and when Jehovah gives us the
land, we will treat you kindly and faithfully."
Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house in which she lived was
built into the city wall. She said to[59] them, "Go into the hills, that the men who are looking
for you may not find you, and hide yourselves there three days until they have returned.
Then you may go on your way."
The men said to her, "We shall be free from our solemn promise to you, unless, when we
come into the land, you bind this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let
us down and gather your father, your , your brothers, and all your family into your
house. If any one goes of the doors of your house into the street, he shall be
responsible for his death and we shall be innocent. If any one stays with you in the house,
we will be responsible for his death if any one lays hands on him. But if you tell what we are
doing, we shall be free from our solemn promise to you." She replied, "It shall be as you
say." So she sent them away. And when they were gone, she bound the scarlet cord in the
window.
So they left and went into the hills and stayed there three days until those who were looking
for them had returned. They sought for them in every direction but did not find them. Then
the two men came down from the hills, crossed the river, and came to Joshua and told him
all that had happened to them.
Joshua up early in the morning and set from Shittim. And he and all the Israelites
came to the Jordan and spent the night there before crossing. And Joshua said to the
people, "Consecrate yourselves, for to-morrow Jehovah will do wonders among you. Come
and hear the words of Jehovah your God. By this you shall know that a living God is with
you: the ark of the Lord of all the earth is about to pass over before you into the Jordan.
When the priests who bear the ark of the Lord of all the earth step into the waters of the
Jordan, its waters shall be cut off, so that the waters that come down from above will stand
still in a heap."
So when the people left their tents to pass over the Jordan, the priests, who were carrying
the ark were in front of them. And when the bearers of the ark came to the Jordan, and the
feet of the priests who were carrying the ark dipped in the brink of the water—for the Jordan
overflows all its banks during the harvest time—the waters that came down from above
stood still and its waters in a heap a long distance up the river Adam, the city that is
near Zarethan. The waters that went down toward the Dead Sea were wholly cut off, while
the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who were carrying the ark of Jehovah
stood firm on dry ground in the
[60] middle of the Jordan, while all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until the whole
nation had completed the crossing of the Jordan.

g000dbuddy 34M
45 posts
12/18/2021 9:40 pm

When they had all crossed, Jehovah said to Joshua, "Command them to take from the
middle of the Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood, twelve stones and carry
them over with you and lay them down in the camping-place, where you pass the night, that
this may be a reminder to them. Then when your children ask from time to time: 'What do
these stones mean to you?' you shall say to them, 'They are reminders that the waters of
the Jordan were cut off before the ark of Jehovah, when it passed over the Jordan.' These
stones shall be a constant reminder to the Israelites."
So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded and took up out of the middle of the Jordan
twelve stones corresponding to the number of the tribes of the Israelites. They carried them
over with them to the place where they camped and laid them down there.
Then the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and the river overflowed all its banks
as before.