¶ And Iosua rose early: And they removed from Settim, and came to Iordan, both he and all the children of Israel, and sojourned there before they went over. And after three days the officers went thorowout the host, and commanded the people saying: when ye see the ark of the testament of the LORD your God, and the priests that are Levites bearing it: then depart ye from your places and follow after it. So yet that there be a space between you and it, about a two thousand cubits by measure. And come not nye unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not gone by it in times past. And Iosua said unto the people, purify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD shall shew wonders among you. Then Iosua spake unto the priests saying: Take up the ark of the testament, and go before the people. And they took up the ark of the testament, and went before the people.
¶ And the LORD said unto Iosua: this day will I begin to magnify thee, in the sight of`all Israel, that they may know how that as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee. And command thou the priests that bear the ark of the testament, saying: when ye are entered a little into the water of Iordan then stond still in it. Then spake Iosua to the children of Israel, saying: come hither and hear the words of the LORD your God. And Iosua said: Hereby ye shall know, that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail cast out before you, the Cananites, the Hethites, the Hevites, the Pheresites, the Gergesites, the Amorites, and the Iebusites. Behold, the ark of the appointment of the Lord of all the world shall go before you into Iordan. And now take you twelve men of the children of Israel, of every tribe a man. And as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of Iehouah (the Lord of all the world) tread in the water of Iordan, the water of Iordan shall divide itself and the waters that cometh from above shall stond still upon an heap.
¶ And when the people were departed from their tents to go over Iordan, (the priests bearing the ark of the appointment before the people) as soon as they that bare the ark came unto Iordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water. Iordan being full over all his banks all the time of harvest: the water that came down from above did stop and stood upon an heap, a great way from Adam, a city beside Zarethan. And the water that went down vanished into the sea of the wilderness called the salt sea as soon as it was divided: and the people went right over against Iericho. And the priests that bare the ark of the appointment of the LORD stood still upon dry land, until all the people were clean over Iordan.