1Then Joshua got up early in the morning, and, moving on from Shittim, he and all the children of Israel came to Jordan and were there for the night before going over.
2And at the end of three days, the men in authority over the people went through the tents,
3Giving the people their orders, and saying, When you see the ark of the agreement of the Lord your God lifted up by the priests, the Levites, then get up from your places and go after it;
4But let there be a space between you and it of about two thousand cubits: come no nearer to it, so that you may see the way you have to go, for you have not been over this way before.
5And Joshua said to the people, Make yourselves holy, for tomorrow the Lord will do works of wonder among you.
6Then Joshua said to the priests, Take up the ark of the agreement and go over in front of the people. So they took up the ark of the agreement and went in front of the people.
7And the Lord said to Joshua, From now on I will give you glory in the eyes of all Israel, so that they may see that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
8And you are to give orders to the priests who take up the ark of the agreement, and say, When you come to the edge of the waters of Jordan, go no further.
9And Joshua said to the children of Israel, Come to me here: and give ear to the words of the Lord your God.
10And Joshua said, By this you will see that the living God is among you, and that he will certainly send out from before you the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Hivite and the Perizzite and the Girgashite and the Amorite and the Jebusite.
11See, the ark of the agreement of the Lord of all the earth is going over before you into Jordan.
12So take twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, a man from every tribe.
13And when the feet of the priests who take up the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, come to rest in the waters of Jordan, the waters of Jordan will be cut off, all the waters flowing down from higher up, and will come together in a mass.
14So when the people went out from their tents to go over Jordan, the priests who took up the ark of the agreement were in front of the people;
15And when those who took up the ark came to Jordan, and the feet of the priests who took up the ark were touching the edge of the water (for the waters of Jordan are overflowing all through the time of the grain-cutting),
16Then the waters flowing down from higher up were stopped and came together in a mass a long way back at Adam, a town near Zarethan; and the waters flowing down to the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were cut off: and the people went across opposite Jericho.
17And the priests who took up the ark of the agreement of the Lord kept their places, with their feet on dry land in the middle of Jordan, while all Israel went over on dry land, till all the nation had gone over Jordan.
1Now when all the nation had come to the other side of Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,
2Take twelve men from the people, a man for every tribe,
3And say to them, Take up from the middle of Jordan, from the place where the feet of the priests were resting, twelve stones, and take them over with you and put them down in the place where you take your rest tonight.
4So Joshua sent for the twelve men, whom he had ready, one man out of every tribe of the children of Israel,
5And he said to them, Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of Jordan, and let every one of you take up a stone on his back, one for every tribe of the children of Israel:
6So that this may be a sign among you; when your children say to you in time to come, What is the reason for these stones?
7Then you will say to them, Because the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the Lord’s agreement; when it went over Jordan the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones will be a sign for the children of Israel, keeping it in their memory for ever.
8So the children of Israel did as Joshua gave them orders, and took twelve stones from the middle of Jordan, as the Lord had said to Joshua, one for every tribe of the children of Israel; these they took across with them to their night’s resting-place and put them down there.
9And Joshua put up twelve stones in the middle of Jordan, where the feet of the priests who took up the ark of the agreement had been placed: and there they are to this day.
10For the priests who took up the ark kept there in the middle of Jordan till all the orders given to Joshua by Moses from the Lord had been done: then the people went over quickly.
11And when all the people had come to the other side, the ark of the Lord went over, and the priests, before the eyes of the people.
12And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh went over armed before the children of Israel as Moses had said to them:
13About forty thousand armed for war went over before the Lord to the fight, to the lowlands of Jericho.
14That day the Lord made Joshua great in the eyes of all Israel; and all the days of his life they went in fear of him, as they had gone in fear of Moses.
15Then the Lord said to Joshua,
16Give orders to the priests who take up the ark of witness, to come up out of Jordan.
17So Joshua gave orders to the priests, saying, Come up now out of Jordan.
18And when the priests who took up the ark of the Lord’s agreement came up out of Jordan and their feet came out on to dry land, the waters of Jordan went back to their place, overflowing its edges as before.
19So on the tenth day of the first month the people came up out of Jordan, and put up their tents in Gilgal, on the east side of Jericho.
20And the twelve stones which they took out of Jordan, Joshua put up in Gilgal.
21And he said to the children of Israel, When your children say to their fathers in time to come, What is the reason for these stones?
22Then give your children the story, and say, Israel came over this river Jordan on dry land.
23For the Lord your God made the waters of Jordan dry before you till you had gone across, as he did to the Red Sea, drying it up before us till we had gone across:
24So that all the peoples of the earth may see that the hand of the Lord is strong; and that they may go in fear of the Lord your God for ever.
1Now when the news came to all the kings of the Amorites on the west side of Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites living by the sea, how the Lord had made the waters of Jordan dry before the children of Israel, till they had gone across, their hearts became like water, and there was no more spirit in them, because of the children of Israel.
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite made answer and said,
2Is it possible for a man to be of profit to God? No, for a man’s wisdom is only of profit to himself.
3Is it of any interest to the Ruler of all that you are upright? or is it of use to him that your ways are without sin?
4Is it because you give him honour that he is sending punishment on you and is judging you?
5Is not your evil-doing great? and there is no end to your sins.
6For you have taken your brother’s goods when he was not in your debt, and have taken away the clothing of those who have need of it.
7You do not give water to the tired traveller, and from him who has no food you keep back bread.
8For it was the man with power who had the land, and the man with an honoured name who was living in it.
9You have sent widows away without hearing their cause, and you have taken away the support of the child who has no father.
10For this cause nets are round your feet, and you are overcome with sudden fear.
11Your light is made dark so that you are unable to see, and you are covered by a mass of waters.
12Is not God as high as heaven? and see the stars, how high they are!
13And you say, What knowledge has God? is he able to give decisions through the deep dark?
14Thick clouds are covering him, so that he is unable to see; and he is walking on the arch of heaven.
15Will you keep the old way by which evil men went?
16Who were violently taken away before their time, who were overcome by the rush of waters:
17Who said to God, Go away from us; and, What is the Ruler of all able to do to us?
18Though he made their houses full of good things: but the purpose of the evil-doers is far from me!
19The upright saw it and were glad: and those who had done no wrong made sport of them,
20Saying, Truly, their substance is cut off, and their wealth is food for the fire.
21Put yourself now in a right relation with him and be at peace: so will you do well in your undertakings.
22Be pleased to take teaching from his mouth, and let his words be stored up in your heart.
23If you come back to the Ruler of all, making yourself low before him; if you put evil far away from your tents;
24And put your gold in the dust, even your gold of Ophir among the rocks of the valleys;
25Then the Ruler of all will be your gold, and his teaching will be your silver;
26For then you will have delight in the Ruler of all, and your face will be lifted up to God.
27You will make your prayer to him, and be answered; and you will give effect to your oaths.
28Your purposes will come about, and light will be shining on your ways.
29For God makes low those whose hearts are lifted up, but he is a saviour to the poor in spirit.
30He makes safe the man who is free from sin, and if your hands are clean, salvation will be yours.
1But Saul, still burning with desire to put to death the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,
2And made a request for letters from him to the Synagogues of Damascus, so that if there were any of the Way there, men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
3And while he was journeying, he came near Damascus; and suddenly he saw a light from heaven shining round him;
4And he went down on the earth, and a voice said to him, Saul, Saul, why are you attacking me so cruelly?
5And he said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus, whom you are attacking:
6But get up, and go into the town, and it will be made clear to you what you have to do.
7And the men who were with him were not able to say anything; hearing the voice, but seeing no one.
8And Saul got up from the earth, and when his eyes were open, he saw nothing; and he was guided by the hand into Damascus.
9And for three days he was not able to see, and he took no food or drink.
10Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias! and he said, Here I am, Lord.
11And the Lord said to him, Get up, and go to the street which is named Straight, and make search at the house of Judas for one named Saul of Tarsus: for he is at prayer;
12And he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hands on him, so that he may be able to see.
13But Ananias said, Lord, I have had accounts of this man from a number of people, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem:
14And here he has authority from the chief priests to make prisoners all who give worship to your name.
15But the Lord said, Go without fear: for he is a special vessel for me, to give to the Gentiles and kings and to the children of Israel the knowledge of my name:
16For I will make clear to him what troubles he will have to undergo for me.
17And Ananias went out and came to the house, and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, whom you saw when you were on your journey, has sent me, so that you may be able to see, and be full of the Holy Spirit.
18And straight away it seemed as if a veil was taken from his eyes, and he was able to see; and he got up, and had baptism;
19And when he had taken food his strength came back. And for some days he kept with the disciples who were in Damascus.
20And straight away, in the Synagogues, he was preaching Jesus as the Son of God.
21And all those hearing him were full of wonder and said, Is not this the man who in Jerusalem was attacking all the worshippers of this name? and he had come here so that he might take them as prisoners before the chief priests.
22But Saul went on increasing in power, and the Jews in Damascus were not able to give answers to the arguments by which he made it clear that Jesus was the Christ.
23Then, after some days, the Jews made an agreement together to put him to death:
24But Saul got knowledge of their design. And they kept watch day and night on the roads out of the town, so that they might put him to death:
25But his disciples took him by night and let him down from the wall in a basket.