A-Z: Common sayings from the Bible: Crossing the Jordan


A euphemism for dying, frequent in Christian songs and hymns.


The Jordan was the most important boundary in the territory of ancient Israel. The crossing of the Jordan was a decisive act, accomplished by a miracle, as the people of Israel moved in to conquer and settle the land promised to them by God. The crossing of a boundary in a decisive way is reflected in popular usage.

Bible References

Joshua 1:11
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