3:15 When the ones carrying the ark reached the Jordan and the feet of the priests carrying the ark touched the surface 1 of the water – (the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest time) 2 – 3:16 the water coming downstream toward them stopped flowing. 3 It piled up far upstream 4 at Adam (the city near Zarethan); there was no water at all flowing to the sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea). 5 The people crossed the river opposite Jericho. 6
4:7 tell them how the water of the Jordan stopped flowing 7 before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the water of the Jordan stopped flowing. 8 These stones will be a lasting memorial for the Israelites.”
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, 4:11 and when all the people had finished crossing, the ark of the Lord and the priests crossed as the people looked on. 9
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, 10 the water of the Jordan flowed again and returned to flood stage. 11
1 tn Heb “dipped into the edge.”
2 tn Heb “and the Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest.”
sn The lengthy description of the priests’ arrival at the Jordan and the parenthetical reminder that the Jordan was at flood stage delay the climax of the story and add to its dramatic buildup.
3 tn Heb “the waters descending from above stood still.”
4 tn Heb “they stood in one pile very far away.”
5 tn Heb “the [waters] descending toward the sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea) were completely cut off.”
sn The Salt Sea is an ancient name for the Dead Sea.
7 tn Heb “were cut off from before.”
8 tn Heb “how the waters descending from above stood still.”
9 tn Heb “in the presence of the people.”
10 tn Heb “and the soles of the feet of the priests were brought up to the dry land.”
11 tn Heb “and the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and went as formerly over their banks.”