1 Now after the
death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that
the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this
Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do
give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that
have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river,
the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto
the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the
days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee:
I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt
thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto
their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest
observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant
commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the
left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but
thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest
observe to do according to all that is written therein: for
then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt
have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage;
be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God
is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare
you victuals; for within 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 Moses 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 Until 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: then 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 be with thee, as
he was with Moses.
18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment,
and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest
him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good
1 And Joshua the
son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying,
Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into
an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
2 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.
3 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.
4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus,
There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:
5 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
6 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.
7 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.
8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon
9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given
you the land, and that your 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 dried up the water of the
Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did
unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side
Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did
melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man,
because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above,
and in earth beneath.
12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since
I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness
unto my father's house, and give 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 we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
15 Then she let 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 blameless of this thine
oath which thou hast made us swear.
18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this
line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us
down by: and 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, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon
20 And if thou utter this 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 passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told
him all things that befell them:
24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered
into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of
the country do faint because of us.
1 And Joshua rose
early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came
to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there
before they passed over.
2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went
through the host;
3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark
of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites
bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after
4 Yet 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.
5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for
to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.
6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take 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.
7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify
thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as
I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the
covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water
of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.
9 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 the living God
is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before
you the 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 the Lord of all the earth
passeth over before you into Jordan.
12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel,
out of every tribe a man.
13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet
of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the 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 shall 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 ark of the
covenant before the people;
15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and
the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the
brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all
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
Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain,
even the 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, and all
the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people
were passed clean over Jordan.
1 And it came to
pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that
the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying,
2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe
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.
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of
the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man:
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:
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
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
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.
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.
10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of
Jordan, until everything 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.
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.
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:
13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before
the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
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.
15 And the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying,
16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that
they come up out of Jordan.
17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up
out of Jordan.
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.
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
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did
Joshua pitch in Gilgal.
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?
22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came
over this Jordan on dry land.
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:
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
1 And it came to
pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the
side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites,
which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the
waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we
were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there
spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.
2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives,
and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children
of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.
4 And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people
that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of
war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out
5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all
the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they
came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised.
6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness,
till all the people that were men of war, which came out of
Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the
LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the
land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would
give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them
Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they
had not circumcised them by the way.
8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the
people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they
9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away
the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the
place is called Gilgal unto this day.
10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the
passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains
11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow
after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the
12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of
the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel
manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of
Canaan that year.
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he
lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man
over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua
went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD
am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and
did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his
15 And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua, Loose
thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest
is holy. And Joshua did so.