The Ark of the Lord - Joshua 4

Joshua 4:1 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean  passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua,  saying

Joshua 4:2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of  every tribe a man, 

Joshua 4:3 And command ye them, saying,  Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place  where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye  shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the  lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night. 

Joshua 4:4 Then  Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the  children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: 

Joshua 4:5 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: 

Joshua 4:6 That  this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask  their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by  these stones? 

Joshua 4:7 Then ye shall answer them, That the  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 a  memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. 

Joshua 4:8 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.   


Joshua 4:9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of  Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare  the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this  day.  

Joshua 4:10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the  midst of Jordan, until every thing was finished that the  LORD commanded Joshua to speak unto the people,  according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the  people hasted and passed over. 

Joshua 4:11 And it came to pass,  when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of  the LORD passed over, and the priests, in the presence of  the people. 

Joshua 4:12 And the children of Reuben, and the  children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over  armed before the children of Israel, as Moses spake unto  them: 

Joshua 4:13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed  over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.  

Joshua 4:14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the  sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared  Moses, all the days of his life. 

Joshua 4:15 And the LORD spake  unto Joshua, saying, 

Joshua 4:16 Command the priests that bear  the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.  

Joshua 4:17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying,  Come ye up out of Jordan. 

Joshua 4:18 And it came to pass,  when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the  LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the  soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land,  that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and  flowed over all his banks, as they did before.  

Joshua 4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth  day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east  border of Jericho. 

Joshua 4:20 And those twelve stones, which  they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. 

Joshua 4:21  And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your  children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying,  What mean these stones? 

Joshua 4:22 Then ye shall let your  children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry  land. 

Joshua 4:23 For the LORD your God dried up the waters of  Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the  LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from  before us, until we were gone over: 

Joshua 4:24 That all the  people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that  it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for  ever. KJV