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Yehoshua/Joshua  3:5 - 7,  5:2 - 6:1,  6:27

Chapter 3

5 And Joshua said to the people, "Prepare yourselves, for tomorrow Hashem will do wonders in your midst.''  6 And Joshua said to the Kohanim, "Carry the Ark of the Covenant and advance to the head of the people." And they carried the Ark of the Covenant, and they went to the head of the people.

7 And Hashem said to Joshua, "This day I will inaugurate your greatness in the sight of all Israel that they may know that as I was with Moses, so will I be with you."

Chapter 5

2 At that time Hashem said to Joshua, "Make sharp knives and return and circumcise the Children of Israel a second time."  3 And Joshua made sharp knives and circumcised the Children of Israel at the Mount of Aralos.

4 This is the reason why Joshua circumcised - the entire nation that left Egypt — the males, all the men of battle — had died in the wilderness on the way during their exodus from Egypt.  5 All the people that left were circumcised, but all the people that were born in the wilderness on the way during their exodus from Egypt were not circumcised.  6 Because forty years the Children of Israel journeyed in the wilderness until the death of all the nation — the men of battle — who left Egypt and did not hearken to the voice of Hashem, about whom Hashem had sworn that He would not show them the Land which Hashem had sworn to their forefathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.  7 But their children He raised in their stead — those Joshua circumcised since they were uncircumcised because they did not circumcise them on the way.  8 It was when all the nation had finished being circumcised, they remained in their place in the camp until they recuperated.

9 And Hashem said to Joshua, "Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from upon you." He called the name of that place Gilgal until this day.  10 And the Children of Israel encamped at Gilgal and made the pesach-offering on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho.  11 They ate from the aged grain of the Land on the day after the pesach-offering, matzos and roasted grain, on this very day.  12 When the manna was depleted the following day, they ate from the aged grain of the Land. The Children of Israel did not have manna anymore; they ate from the grain of the Land of Canaan that year.

13 It was when Joshua was in Jericho that he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold! A man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand. Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"

14 And he said, "No, I am the commander of the Host of Hashem; now I have come." Joshua fell before him to the ground and prostrated himself and said to him, "What does my lord say to his servant?"

15 And the commander of Hashem's Host said to Joshua, "Remove your shoe from your foot, for the place upon which you stand is holy." And Joshua did so.

Chapter 6

1 Jericho had closed its gates and was barred because of the Children of Israel; no one could leave or enter.

27 And Hashem was with Joshua, and his renown traversed the land.


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