Joshua cometh to Jordan.
Joshua 3:1 And Iosua rose erlye: and they remoued from Settim, & came to Iordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there, before they went ouer.
The officers instruct the people for the passage.
Joshua 3:2 And after thre dayes it fortuned, that the officers went thorow out the hoste, Joshua 3:3 and commaunded the people sayinge: when ye se þe arcke of the testament of the Lord youre God, & the preastes that are Leuites bearing it: ye shall departe from youre place, & go after it. Joshua 3:4 So yet that there shall be a space betwene you & it, aboute a two thousande cubites by measure. And ye shal not come nye vnto it, that ye maye knowe the waye, by which ye must go: for ye haue not gone this waye in tymes past Joshua 3:5 And Iosua sayd vnto the people: Sanctifie youre selues, for tomorowe the Lorde shall do wonders amonge you. Joshua 3:6 And Iosua spake vnto the preastes, saying: Take vp the arcke of þe couenaunt: & go before the people. And they toke vp the arcke of the testament, and went before the people.
The LORD encourageth Joshua.
Joshua 3:7 And the Lorde sayde vnto Iosua: this daye will I begynne to magnifie the, in the syght of all Israel, þt they maye knowe how that as I was with Moses so wyll I be with the. Joshua 3:8 And thou shalt commaunde the preastes that beare the arcke of the couenaunt saying: when ye are come to the edge of the waters of Iordan, ye shall stande still in it.
Joshua encourageth the people.
Joshua 3:9 And Iosua sayde vnto þe children of Israel: come hither, & heare the wordes of the Lord youre God. Joshua 3:10 And Iosua sayde, Herbye ye shall knowe that the liuyng God is among you, & that he will wythout fayle cast out before you, þe Cananites, & the Hethites, þe Heuites, þe Pheresites, þe Gergesites, þe Amorites, & þe Iebusites. Joshua 3:11 Beholde, the arcke of þe apointment of þe Lord of all þe worlde goeth before you into Iordan. Joshua 3:12 Now therfore take from amonge you twelue men out of þe tribes of Israel, out of euery tribe a man. Joshua 3:13 And as sone as þe sooles of þe fete of þe preasts (þt beare the arcke of the Lord the Gouernour of all the world) tread in the waters of Iordan, the waters of Iordan shall be deuided: & the waters that come from aboue, shall stande still vpon an heape.
The waters of Jordan are divided.
Joshua 3:14 And it fortuned, that when the people were departed from their tentes to goo ouer Iordan, the preastes bearyng þe arcke of the appointment, went before the people. Joshua 3:15 And as sone as they that bare þe arcke came vnto Iordan, & the fete of the preastes that bare þe arcke were dipped in the brym of þe water (For Iordan vseth to fill all hys banckes all the tyme of haruest) Joshua 3:16 the waters also that came downe from aboue, did ryse vp vpon an heape and departed farre from Adam, þt was besyde Zarthan, And the waters that were beneth to ward the see of þe wildernes, fell awaye & departed into the salt see, and the people went ryght ouer agaynst Iericho, Joshua 3:17 And the preastes þt bare the arcke of the appointement of the Lorde, stoode drye within Iordane ready prepared, & all the Israelites went ouer thorow the drye, vntill all the people were gone cleane ouer thorow Iordan.