Context6Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, What do these stones mean to you? 7then you shall say to them, Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.
8Thus the sons of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, just as the LORD spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel; and they carried them over with them to the lodging place and put them down there. 9Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day. 10For the priests who carried the ark were standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything was completed that the LORD had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua. And the people hurried and crossed; 11and when all the people had finished crossing, the ark of the LORD and the priests crossed before the people. 12The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over in battle array before the sons of Israel, just as Moses had spoken to them; 13about 40,000 equipped for war, crossed for battle before the LORD to the desert plains of Jericho.
14On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; so that they revered him, just as they had revered Moses all the days of his life.
15Now the LORD said to Joshua, 16Command the priests who carry the ark of the testimony that they come up from the Jordan. 17So Joshua commanded the priests, saying, Come up from the Jordan. 18It came about when the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come up from the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests feet were lifted up to the dry ground, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place, and went over all its banks as before.
19Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth of the first month and camped at Gilgal on the eastern edge of Jericho. 20Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. 21He said to the sons of Israel, When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What are these stones? 22then you shall inform your children, saying, Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground. 23For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the LORD your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; 24that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
that this may be a sign among you, that, when your children ask in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
That it may be a sign among you end when your children shall ask you to morrow, saying: What mean these stones?
Darby Bible Translation
that this may be a sign in your midst. When your children ask hereafter, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
English Revised Version
that this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
Webster's Bible Translation
That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
World English Bible
that this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask in time to come, saying, 'What do you mean by these stones?'
Young's Literal Translation
so that this is a sign in your midst, when your children ask hereafter, saying, What are these stones to you?
LibraryStones Crying Out
'For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until every thing was finished that the Lord commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over. 11. And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of the Lord passed over, and the priests, in the presence of the people. 12. And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Jordan Memorial Stone
'The Waters Saw Thee; they were Afraid'
Gilgal, in Deuteronomy 11:30 what the Place Was.
The Country of Jericho, and the Situation of the City.
The Holy War,
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