4:10 Now the priests carrying the ark of the covenant were standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the Lord had commanded Joshua to tell the people was accomplished, in accordance with all that Moses had commanded Joshua. The people went across quickly,
4:16 “Instruct the priests carrying the ark of the covenantal laws 1 to come up from the Jordan.” 4:17 So Joshua instructed the priests, “Come up from the Jordan!” 4:18 The priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord came up from the middle of the Jordan, and as soon as they set foot on dry land, 2 the water of the Jordan flowed again and returned to flood stage. 3
1 tn Traditionally, “the ark of the testimony,” another name for the ark of the covenant. The Hebrew term עֵדוּת (’edut, “testimony” or “witness”) here refers to the Mosaic covenant and the body of stipulations contained within it (see HALOT 2:791).
2 tn Heb “and the soles of the feet of the priests were brought up to the dry land.”
3 tn Heb “and the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and went as formerly over their banks.”