Search the Bible
* powered by Bible Study Tools

Joshua 3:6

    Joshua 3:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Joshua said to the priests, Take up the ark of the agreement and go over in front of the people. So they took up the ark of the agreement and went in front of the people.

    Webster's Revision

    And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

    World English Bible

    Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people." They took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

    Definitions for Joshua 3:6

    Ark - Box; chest.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 3:6

    Spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark - It is remarkable that the priests, not the Levites, whose ordinary business it was were employed to carry the ark on this occasion. Calmet conjectures that this was because it was probably carried without being wrapped up in its curtains, as it always was when the Levites carried it. Though it was the business of the Levites, the sons of Kohath, to carry the ark; yet on certain occasions the priests alone performed this office.

    1. In the present case.

    2. When they encompassed Jericho, Joshua 6:6.

    3. When it was carried to the war against the Philistines by the priests, the sons of Eli, 2 Samuel 15:25.

    4. When David sent it back to Jerusalem, at the time he was obliged to fly from it, through the rebellion of his son Absalom, 2 Samuel 15:25; and,

    5. At the time that it was taken out of the tabernacle, to be deposited in the temple; see 1 Kings 8:6-11.

    These were the most solemn occasions, and on such alone, we may presume, the priests performed this office instead of the Levites. In all their former marches the ark was carried in the center of this immense camp; (see the scheme at the end of Numbers 2:2 (note) of the book of Numbers); but now it was to proceed at the head of the army, and to go before them, and at such a distance, about three quarters of a mile, that the whole camp might see it as their guide.

    Barnes' Notes on Joshua 3:6

    They took up - i. e. on the day following. The course of events is anticipated.

    Wesley's Notes on Joshua 3:6

    3:6 Take up - Namely, upon your shoulders; for so they were to carry it, Numb 7:9. Before the people - Not in the middle of them, as you used to do.