Joshua 4:2
New International Version
“Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe,

New Living Translation
“Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe.

English Standard Version
“Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man,

Berean Study Bible
“Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe,

King James Bible
Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,

New King James Version
“Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe,

New American Standard Bible
“Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe,

NASB 1995
“Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe,

NASB 1977
“Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe,

Amplified Bible
“Take for yourselves the twelve men [chosen] from among the people, one man from each tribe,

Christian Standard Bible
“Choose twelve men from the people, one man for each tribe,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Choose 12 men from the people, one man for each tribe,

American Standard Version
Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Take for yourselves from the people twelve men, one man from each tribe

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Take men from the people, one of each tribe,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Choose twelve men, one of every tribe:

English Revised Version
Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,

Good News Translation
"Choose twelve men, one from each tribe,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Choose one man from each of the 12 tribes.

International Standard Version
"Gather together twelve men from the people—one man from each tribe—

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,

Literal Standard Version
“Take for yourselves twelve men out of the people, one man—one man out of a tribe;

NET Bible
"Select for yourselves twelve men from the people, one per tribe.

New Heart English Bible
"Take twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,

World English Bible
"Take twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,

Young's Literal Translation
'Take for you out of the people twelve men, one man -- one man out of a tribe;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Twelve Stones from the Jordan
1When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2“Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3and command them: ‘Take up for yourselves twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan where the priests were standing, carry them with you, and set them down in the place where you spend the night.’ ”…

Cross References
Joshua 3:12
Now choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.

Joshua 4:3
and command them: 'Take up for yourselves twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan where the priests were standing, carry them with you, and set them down in the place where you spend the night.'"


Treasury of Scripture

Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,

twelve men

Joshua 3:12
Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man.

Numbers 1:4-15
And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers…

Numbers 13:2
Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.









Verse 2. - Twelve stones. The commemoration of events by the setting up of huge stones was by no means peculiar to the Jews, though it was often used by them, as, for instance, Genesis 28:18, 35:14, 1 Samuel 7:12. Almost every nation has adopted it. The Egyptian obelisks, the stones at Hamath, supposed to be of Hittite origin, the dolmens and other megalithic monuments of the Celts, the Logan or rocking stones, are cases in point. The Scandinavians filled their country with them. Our own Stonehenge and the Avebury stones are supposed by some to be, not temples nor burial places, but memorials of some battle. The command here given to Joshua was regarding what was to be done by the twelve men, who (Joshua 5:4; cf. ch. Joshua 3:12) were already chosen. The form of the command is merely another instance of the common Hebrew practice of repetition.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Choose
קְח֤וּ (qə·ḥū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 3947: To take

twelve
שְׁנֵ֥ים (šə·nêm)
Number - md
Strong's 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

men
אִישׁ־ (’îš-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

from among
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

the people,
הָעָ֔ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

one
אֶחָ֥ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's 259: United, one, first

from each tribe,
מִשָּֽׁבֶט׃ (miš·šā·ḇeṭ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe


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