1 So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that Jehovah had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the children of Israel until we had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel.
2 At that time Jehovah said to Joshua, Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the
sons of Israel again the second time.
3 And Joshua made flint knives for himself, and circumcised the sons of Israel at the hill
of the foreskins.
4 And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of
Egypt who were males, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way, after
they had come out of Egypt.
5 For all the people who came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the
wilderness, on the way as they came out of Egypt, had not been circumcised.
6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who
were men of war, who had come out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey
the voice of Jehovah; to whom Jehovah swore that He would not show them the land
which Jehovah had sworn to their fathers that He would give to us, a land flowing with
milk and honey.
7 And Joshua circumcised their sons whom He raised up in their place; for they were
uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.
8 So it was, when they had finished circumcising all the people, that they stayed in their
places in the camp to be healed.
9 And Jehovah said to Joshua, This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from
you. Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.
10 And the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth
day of the month at evening on the wilderness plains of Jericho.
11 And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened
bread and roasted grain, on the very same day.
12 And the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the
children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the fruit of the land of Canaan that
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and
looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And
Joshua went to Him and said to Him, Are You for us or for our adversaries?
14 And He said, No, but as Commander of the army of Jehovah I have now come. And
Joshua fell on his face to the earth and prostrated himself, and said to Him, What does my
Lord speak to His servant?
15 And the Commander of the army of Jehovah said to Joshua, Take your sandal off your
foot, for the place where you are standing is holy. And Joshua did so.