April 29, 2019

Joshua 4:18 – 5:9

 4:18   And when the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah came up out from the middle of the Jordan, when the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up onto the dry land, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and went over all its banks as before.

 4:19   And the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal, at the eastern edge of Jericho.

 4:20   And those twelve stones, which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua erected in Gilgal.

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

 4:22   You shall let your children know, saying, On dry ground Israel crossed over this Jordan.

 4:23   For Jehovah your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you crossed over, as Jehovah your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we crossed over;

 4:24   That all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of Jehovah, that it is mighty; that you may fear Jehovah your God always.

 5:1   Now when all the kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, who were by the sea, heard that Jehovah had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the children of Israel until they crossed over, their hearts melted, and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the children of Israel.

 5:2   At that time Jehovah said to Joshua, Make knives of flint, and circumcise again the children of Israel a second time.

 5:3   And Joshua made knives of flint and circumcised the children of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth.

 5:4   And this is the reason Joshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, died in the wilderness on the way, after they had come out of Egypt.

 5:5   Although all the people who came out were circumcised, all the people who were born in the wilderness on the way, after the others had come out of Egypt, had not been circumcised.

 5:6   For the children of Israel went for forty years through the wilderness until all the nation, the men of war who had come out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not listen to the voice of Jehovah, they to whom Jehovah swore that they would not see the land that Jehovah had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

 5:7   And their children, whom He had raised up in place of them, these Joshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them on the way.

 5:8   And when they had finished circumcising the whole nation, they remained in their place at the camp until they recovered.

 5:9   Then Jehovah said to Joshua, Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. So the name of that place has been called Gilgal to this day.