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Joshua chapter 4

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When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,
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"Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man,
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and command them, `Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests' feet stood, and carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.'"
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Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe;
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and Joshua said to them, "Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel,
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that this may be a sign among you, when your children ask in time to come, `What do those stones mean to you?'
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Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial for ever."
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And the men of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, as the LORD told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
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And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day.
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For the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan, until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to tell the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. The people passed over in haste;
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and when all the people had finished passing over, the ark of the LORD and the priests passed over before the people.
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The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manas'seh passed over armed before the people of Israel, as Moses had bidden them;
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about forty thousand ready armed for war passed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho.
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On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him, as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.
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And the LORD said to Joshua,
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"Command the priests who bear the ark of the testimony to come up out of the Jordan."
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Joshua therefore commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan."
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And when the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD came up from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up on dry ground, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks, as before.
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The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho.
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And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal.
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And he said to the people of Israel, "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, `What do these stones mean?'
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then you shall let your children know, `Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.'
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For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over,
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so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty; that you may fear the LORD your God for ever."

Joshua chapter 5

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When all the kings of the Amorites that were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites that were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their heart melted, and there was no longer any spirit in them, because of the people of Israel.
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At that time the LORD said to Joshua, "Make flint knives and circumcise the people of Israel again the second time."
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So Joshua made flint knives, and circumcised the people of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth.
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And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the men of war, had died on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt.
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Though all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people that were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised.
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For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the nation, the men of war that came forth out of Egypt, perished, because they did not hearken to the voice of the LORD; to them the LORD swore that he would not let them see the land which the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
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So it was their children, whom he raised up in their stead, that Joshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.
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When the circumcising of all the nation was done, they remained in their places in the camp till they were healed.
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And the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." And so the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.
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While the people of Israel were encamped in Gilgal they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho.
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And on the morrow after the passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.
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And the manna ceased on the morrow, when they ate of the produce of the land; and the people of Israel had manna no more, but ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
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When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man stood before him with his drawn sword in his hand; and Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us, or for our adversaries?"
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And he said, "No; but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and worshiped, and said to him, "What does my lord bid his servant?"
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And the commander of the LORD's army said to Joshua, "Put off your shoes from your feet; for the place where you stand is holy." And Joshua did so.

Joshua chapter 6

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Now Jericho was shut up from within and from without because of the people of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
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And the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have given into your hand Jericho, with its king and mighty men of valor.
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You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days.
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And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark; and on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, the priests blowing the trumpets.
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And when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up every man straight before him."
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So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD."
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And he said to the people, "Go forward; march around the city, and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD."
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And as Joshua had commanded the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the LORD went forward, blowing the trumpets, with the ark of the covenant of the LORD following them.
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And the armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the trumpets blew continually.
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But Joshua commanded the people, "You shall not shout or let your voice be heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then you shall shout."
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So he caused the ark of the LORD to compass the city, going about it once; and they came into the camp, and spent the night in the camp.
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Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.
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And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD passed on, blowing the trumpets continually; and the armed men went before them, and the rear guard came after the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets blew continually.
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And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.
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On the seventh day they rose early at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times: it was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times.
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And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, "Shout; for the LORD has given you the city.
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And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the LORD for destruction; only Rahab the harlot and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
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But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction, and bring trouble upon it.
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But all silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are sacred to the LORD; they shall go into the treasury of the LORD."
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So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people raised a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
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Then they utterly destroyed all in the city, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and asses, with the edge of the sword.
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And Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, "Go into the harlot's house, and bring out from it the woman, and all who belong to her, as you swore to her."
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So the young men who had been spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her; and they brought all her kindred, and set them outside the camp of Israel.
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And they burned the city with fire, and all within it; only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
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But Rahab the harlot, and her father's household, and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive; and she dwelt in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
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Joshua laid an oath upon them at that time, saying, "Cursed before the LORD be the man that rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho. At the cost of his first-born shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates."
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So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was in all the land.

Acts chapter 6

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Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
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And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.
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Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty.
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But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
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And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Proch'orus, and Nica'nor, and Ti'mon, and Par'menas, and Nicola'us, a proselyte of Antioch.
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These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.
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And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
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And Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
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Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyre'nians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cili'cia and Asia, arose and disputed with Stephen.
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But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
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Then they secretly instigated men, who said, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God."
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And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council,
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and set up false witnesses who said, "This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law;
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for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place, and will change the customs which Moses delivered to us."
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And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
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