¶ And as soon as the people were all gone over Iordan, the LORD spake unto Iosua saying: Take you twelve men out of the people, of every tribe a man. And command you them saying: take you hence out of the midst of Iordan even out of the place where the priests stood in a readiness, twelve stones. And take ye them away with you and put them in the place where you lodge at night. And Iosua called unto the twelve men which he had prepared of the children of Israel, of every tribe a man, and said unto them: get you before the ark of the LORD your God even into the midst of Iordan, and take up every man a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. And when your children ask their fathers in time to come saying: what mean ye with these stones? then say unto them, how that the water of Iordan divided at the presence of the ark of the appointment of the LORD: even while it went over Iordan, the water of Iordan divided. And these stones shall be a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. And the children of Israel did even so as Iosua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Iordan, as the LORD said unto Iosua according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them away with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. And thereto Iosua set up twelve stones in the midst of Iordan in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the testament stood. And there they be even unto this day.
¶ For the priests that bare the ark stood in the midst of Iordan, until all was finished that the LORD commanded Iosua to say unto the people, according to all that Moses charged Iosua. And the people hasted and went over. When all the people were clean over, then went over the ark of the LORD, and also the priests before the people. And the children of Ruben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasses went before the children of Israel armed, as Moses charged them. Upon a forty thousand trimmed for war, went before the LORD unto battle, even unto the wild fields of Iericho. That day the LORD magnified Iosua in the sight of all Israel and they feared him, as they feared Moses all the days of his life. And the LORD spake unto Iosua saying: command the priests that bear the ark of witness to come up out of Iordan. And Iosua commanded the priests saying: Ascend up out of Iordan. And when the priests that bare the ark of the appointment of the LORD were ascended out of Iordan: as soon as the soles of the priests' feet were brought to dry land, the water of Iordan returned again to his place and went over all his banks as he did before. And the people came up out of Iordan the tenth day of the first month and pitched in Gilgal even in the east borders of Iericho.
¶ And the twelve stones which they took out of Iordan, Iosua pitched in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel saying: when your children ask you in time to come saying: what mean these stones, shew your children and say: Israel came over this Iordan on dry land. For the LORD your God dried up the water of Iordan before you, until ye were over, as the LORD your God did unto the red sea, which he dried up before us till we were over, that all the people of the world may know the hand of the LORD how mighty it is, and that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.