Joshua 5

1So the Lord dried up the Jordan River until the people of Israel finished crossing it. The kings of the Amorites living west of the Jordan River and the Canaanites living by the Mediterranean Sea heard about this and became very scared. After that they were not brave enough to stand and fight against the people of Israel. 2At that time, the Lord said to Joshua, “Make knives from flint rocks and circumcise the men of Israel.” 3So Joshua made knives from flint rocks. Then he circumcised the people of Israel at Gibeath Haaraloth. 4- 7This is why Joshua circumcised the men: After the people of Israel left Egypt, all the men that were able to be in the army were circumcised. While in the desert, many of the fighting men did not listen to the Lord. So the Lord promised that those men would not see the “land where much food grows.” The Lord promised our ancestors to give us that land, but, because of those men, God forced the people to wander in the desert for 40 years—that way all those fighting men would die. All those fighting men died, and their sons took their place. But none of the boys that were born in the desert on the trip from Egypt had been circumcised. So Joshua circumcised them. 8Joshua finished circumcising all the men. The people camped at that place until all the men were healed. 9At that time, the Lord said to Joshua, “You were slaves in Egypt. And this made you ashamed. But today I have taken away that shame.” So Joshua named that place Gilgal. And that place is still named Gilgal today. 10The people of Israel celebrated Passover while they were camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho. This was on the evening of the 14th day of the month. 11The day after Passover, the people ate food that grew in that land. They ate bread made without yeast and roasted grain. 12The next morning, the special food from heaven stopped coming. This happened the day after the people ate the food that grew in the land of Canaan. From that time on, the people of Israel did not get the special food from heaven. 13When Joshua was near Jericho he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him. The man had a sword in his hand. Joshua went to the man and asked, “Are you a friend to our people, or are you one of our enemies?” 14The man answered, “I am not an enemy. I am the commander of the Lord’s army. I have just now come to you.” Then Joshua bowed his face to the ground. ˻He did this to show respect.˼ He asked, “I am your servant. Does my master have a command for me?” 15The commander of the Lord’s army answered, “Take off your shoes. The place where you are standing now is holy.” So Joshua obeyed him.

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