Matthew Bible

Joshua 4

Twelve men are appointed to take twelve stones for a memorial out of Jordan.

Joshua 4:1 And as sone as the people were all gone ouer Iordan, the Lorde spake vnto Iosua, saying. Take you twelue men out of the people, of euery trybe a man. And commaunde you them saying: Joshua 4:2 take you hence out of the middes of Iordan Joshua 4:3 euen out of the place where þe priestes stode in readines .xij. stones. And take ye them away wyth you & put them in the place where you lodge at nyght. Joshua 4:4 And Iosua called vnto the twelue men whiche he had prepared of the chyldren of Israel, of euery trybe a man, Joshua 4:5 & sayde vnto them: get you before the arcke of the Lorde youre God euen into the myddes of Iordan, and take vp euerye man a stone vpon hys shoulder, accordynge vnto the nombre of the trybes of the chyldren of Israel, Joshua 4:6 that thys maye be a sygne amonge you. And when youre chyldren aske theyr fathers in tyme to come, sayinge: what meane ye wyth these stones: Joshua 4:7 then say vnto them, how that the water of Iordan deuyded at the presence of the arcke of the appoyntmente of the Lord: euen while it went ouer Iordan, the water of Iordan deuyded. And these stones shalbe a memoryall vnto the chyldren of Israel for euer. Joshua 4:8 And the chyldren of Israel dyd euen so as Iosua commaunded, and toke vp twelue stones oute of the myddes of Iordan, as the Lorde sayde vnto Iosua accordynge to the nombre of the trybes of the chyldren of Israel, & caryed them awaye wyth them vnto the place where they lodged, and layed them doune there.

Twelve other stones are set up in the midst of Jordan.

Joshua 4:9 And thereto Iosua set vp twelue stones in the myddes of Iordan in the place where þe fete of the pryestes which bare the arcke of the testament stode. And there they be euen vnto thys day.

The people pass over.

Joshua 4:10 For the priestes whiche bare the arcke stoode in þe myddes of Iordan, vntyll all was fynyshed that the Lorde commaunded Iosua to saye vnto the people, accordynge to all that Moyses charged Iosua. And the people hasted & went ouer. Joshua 4:11 When all the people were cleane ouer then went ouer the arcke of the Lorde, and also the priestes before the people. Joshua 4:12 And the chyldren of Ruben, and the chyldren of Gad, and halfe the trybe of Manasses went before the chyldren of Israel armed, as Moses charged them. Joshua 4:13 Vpon a fourthy thousande trymmed for warre, went before the Lorde vnto battel, euen vnto the wylde feldes of Iericho.

God magnifieth Joshua.

Joshua 4:14 That daye the Lord magnyfyed Iosua in the syght of all Israell, and they feared hym, as they feared Moses all dayes of hys lyfe. Joshua 4:15 And the Lorde spake vnto Iosua, saiyng: Joshua 4:16 commaunde the priestes that beare the arcke of wytnesse to come vp oute of Iordan. Joshua 4:17 And Iosua commaunded the priestes sayinge: Ascende vp oute of Iordan. Joshua 4:18 And when the pryestes that bare the arcke of the appoyntemente of the Lorde were ascended out of Iordan: as sone as the sooles of the priestes fete were brought to drye lande, the water of Iordan retourned agayn vnto his place, & went ouer all his banckes as he dyd before.

The people pass over.

Joshua 4:19 And the people came vp oute of Iordan the tenthe day of the fyrste moneth, and pytched in Galgal euen in the easte bordes of Iericho.

The twelve stones are pitched in Gilgal.

Joshua 4:20 And the twelue stones which they toke out of Iordan, Iosua pitched in Galgal. Joshua 4:21 And he spake vnto the chyldren of Israel sayinge, when your chyldren aske you in tyme to come, sayinge: what meane these stones, Joshua 4:22 shewe your chyldren and saye: Israel came ouer thys Iordan on drye lande. Joshua 4:23 For the Lorde youre God dryed vp the water of Iordan before you, vntyll ye were ouer, as the Lorde youre GOD dyd vnto the red sea, whiche he dryed vp before vs, tyll we were ouer, Joshua 4:24 that all the people of the worlde maye knowe the hande of the Lorde how myghtye it is, and that ye myght feare the Lorde youre God for euer.

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