Bible: Joshua 4:19-5:12

4:19 The people went up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month 1  and camped in Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 2  4:20 Now Joshua set up in Gilgal the 3  twelve stones they had taken from the Jordan. 4:21 He told the Israelites, “When your children someday ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones represent?’ 4  4:22 explain 5  to your children, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan River 6  on dry ground.’ 4:23 For the Lord your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you while you crossed over. It was just like when the Lord your God dried up the Red Sea before us while we crossed it. 7  4:24 He has done this so 8  all the nations 9  of the earth might recognize the Lord’s power 10  and so you might always obey 11  the Lord your God.”

5:1 When all the Amorite kings on the west side of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the seacoast heard how the Lord had dried up the water of the Jordan before the Israelites while they 12  crossed, they lost their courage and could not even breathe for fear of the Israelites. 13 

A New Generation is Circumcised

5:2 At that time the Lord told Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites once again.” 14  5:3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites on the Hill of the Foreskins. 15  5:4 This is why Joshua had to circumcise them: All the men old enough to fight when they left Egypt died on the journey through the desert after they left Egypt. 16  5:5 Now 17  all the men 18  who left were circumcised, but all the sons 19  born on the journey through the desert after they left Egypt were uncircumcised. 5:6 Indeed, for forty years the Israelites traveled through the desert until all the men old enough to fight when they left Egypt, the ones who had disobeyed the Lord, died off. 20  For the Lord had sworn a solemn oath to them that he would not let them see the land he had sworn on oath to give them, 21  a land rich in 22  milk and honey. 5:7 He replaced them with their sons, 23  whom Joshua circumcised. They were uncircumcised; their fathers had not circumcised them along the way. 5:8 When all the men 24  had been circumcised, they stayed there in the camp until they had healed. 5:9 The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have taken away 25  the disgrace 26  of Egypt from you.” So that place is called Gilgal 27  even to this day.

5:10 So the Israelites camped in Gilgal and celebrated the Passover in the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the plains of Jericho. 28  5:11 They ate some of the produce of the land the day after the Passover, including unleavened bread and roasted grain. 29  5:12 The manna stopped appearing the day they ate 30  some of the produce of the land; the Israelites never ate manna again. 31 

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