Joshua 3:1-17, NLT
The Israelites Cross the Jordan
1Early the next morning Joshua and all the Israelites left Acacia Grove*3:1 Hebrew Shittim. and arrived at the banks of the Jordan River, where they camped before crossing.
5Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.”
6In the morning Joshua said to the priests, “Lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the river.” And so they started out and went ahead of the people.
7The Lord told Joshua, “Today I will begin to make you a great leader in the eyes of all the Israelites. They will know that I am with you, just as I was with Moses.
9So Joshua told the Israelites, “Come and listen to what the Lord your God says.
14So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them.
17Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground.