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Joshua 4:15-18


4:15 The Lord told Joshua, 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.”

sn Verses 15-18 give a more detailed account of the priests’ crossing that had been briefly described in v. 11.

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