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Joshua 1:10–4:24

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10 Then Joshua commanded sthe officers of the people, saying, 11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for twithin three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it. 12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying, 13 Remember the word which uMoses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; 15 uUntil the Lord have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord your God giveth them: xthen ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord’s servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising. 16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. 17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the Lord thy God ybe with thee, as he was with Moses. 18 Whosoever he be that doth zrebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only abe strong and of a good courage.

2 And Joshua the son of Nun ||sent aout of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an bharlot’s house, named cRahab, and lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country. dAnd the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate. And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof; And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that eyour terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord fdried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and gwhat ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom hye utterly destroyed. 11 And ias soon as we had heard these things, kour hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more lcourage in any man, because of you: for mthe Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I pray you, nswear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father’s house, and ogive me a true token: 13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. 14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the Lord hath given us the land, that pwe will deal kindly and truly with thee. 15 Then she qlet them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. 16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way. 17 And the men said unto her, We will be rblameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. 18 sBehold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of tscarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: uand thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee. 19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, xhis blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him. 20 And if thou utter ythis our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear. 21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window. 22 And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not. 23 So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and zpassed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that abefell them: 24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly bthe Lord hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.

3 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed afrom Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. And it came to pass bafter three days, that cthe officers went through the host; And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and dthe priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. eYet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore. And Joshua said unto the people, fSanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you. And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, gTake up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to hmagnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, ias I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. And thou shalt command jthe priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, kye shall stand still in Jordan. And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the Lord your God. 10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that lthe living God is among you, and that he will without fail mdrive out from before you nthe Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of othe Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. 12 Now therefore ptake you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, qout of every tribe a man. 13 And it shall come to pass, ras soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, othe Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they sshall stand upon an heap.

14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the tark of the covenant before the people; 15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and uthe feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for xJordan overfloweth all his banks yall the time of harvest,) 16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside zZaretan: and those that came down atoward the sea of the plain, even bthe salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. 17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, cand all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

4 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed aover Jordan, that the Lord spake unto Joshua, saying, bTake you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where cthe priests’ feet stood firm, dtwelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in ethe lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night. Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you 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, that fwhen your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That gthe waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for ha memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of …

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s

ch. 3:2. & 8:33. & 23:2. & 24:1. See Deut. 16:18.

t

ch. 3:2. Comp. Deut. 11:31.

u

Heb. marshalled by five. Ex. 13:18. ch. 4:12.

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x

ch. 22:4, &c.

y

See ver. 5. So 1 Sam. 20:13. 1 Kin. 1:37.

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a

ver. 6, 7, 9.

||

[Or, had sent]. Comp. ch. 1:11. & 3:2.

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b
c

Heb. lay. So ver. 8.

d

Comp. 2 Sam. 17:19, 20.

e

Ex. 15:16. & 23:27 (Heb.).

Heb. melt. ver. 24. Ex. 15:15.

f

ch. 4:23. Comp. Ex. 14:21.

g
h

See Deut. 7:2.

i
k

Heb. rose up.

l

ch. 5:1 (Heb.).

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n
o

ver. 18.

Heb. instead of you to die.

p
q
r

ver. 19, 20 (Heb.) Ex. 20:7 (Heb.).

s

ver. 12.

t
u

Comp. ch. 6:23.

Heb. gather.

x
y

ver. 14.

z

ver. 7.

a

See Deut. 31:17 marg.

b

Ex. 23:31 ch. 6:2. & 8:1. & 21:44.

Heb. melt. ver. 9.

a

ch. 2:1.

b

ch. 1:11.

c

See ch. 1:10.

d
e

Comp. Ex. 19:12.

Heb. since yesterday, and the third day. See Gen. 31:2. Ex. 4:10. Deut. 19:4, 6. So ch. 4:18.

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g
h
i

See ch. 1:5.

j

ver. 3.

k

ver. 17.

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m
n

See Ex. 13:5.

o

ver. 13. Mic. 4:13. Zech. 4:14. & 6:5. Comp. Deut. 9:3.

p

ch. 4:2, 4.

q

Nu. 13:2 (Heb.).

r

ver. 15, 16.

o

ver. 13. Mic. 4:13. Zech. 4:14. & 6:5. Comp. Deut. 9:3.

s
t
u

ver. 13.

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y

Comp. ch. 4:18. & 5:10, 12.

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a
b

See Gen. 14:3.

c

Comp. Ex. 14:29.

a

ch. 3:17.

b

ch. 3:12.

c

ch. 3:13, 15.

d
e

ver. 8, 19.

f

ver. 21. See Ex. 12:26. Comp. Ps. 44:1.

Heb. to morrow. ver. 21. Deut. 6:20. See ch. 22:24.

g

ch. 3:13, 16.

h