Joshua 4:21
New International Version
He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their parents, 'What do these stones mean?'

New Living Translation
Then Joshua said to the Israelites, "In the future your children will ask, 'What do these stones mean?'

English Standard Version
And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’

Berean Study Bible
Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones?’

New American Standard Bible
He said to the sons of Israel, "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?'

King James Bible
And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

Christian Standard Bible
and he said to the Israelites, "In the future, when your children ask their fathers, 'What is the meaning of these stones?'

Contemporary English Version
Then Joshua told the people: Years from now your children will ask you why these rocks are here.

Good News Translation
And he said to the people of Israel, "In the future, when your children ask you what these stones mean,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he said to the Israelites, "In the future, when your children ask their fathers, 'What is the meaning of these stones?'

International Standard Version
Then he told the Israelis, "When your descendants ask their parents in years to come, 'What is the meaning of these stones?'

NET Bible
He told the Israelites, "When your children someday ask their fathers, 'What do these stones represent?'

New Heart English Bible
He spoke to the children of Israel, saying, "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What do these stones mean?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He said to the people of Israel, "In the future when children ask their parents, 'What do these stones mean?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he spoke unto the children of Israel, saying: 'When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying: What mean these stones?

New American Standard 1977
And he said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he spoke unto the sons of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What do these stones mean unto you?

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

American King James Version
And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

American Standard Version
And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
saying, When your sons ask you, saying, What are these stones?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And said to the children of Israel: When your children shall ask their fathers, to morrow, and shall say to them: What mean these stones?

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children hereafter ask their fathers, saying, What [mean] these stones?

English Revised Version
And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

World English Bible
He spoke to the children of Israel, saying, "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What do these stones mean?'

Young's Literal Translation
And he speaketh unto the sons of Israel, saying, 'When your sons ask their fathers hereafter, saying, What are these stones?
Study Bible
The Camp at Gilgal
20And there at Gilgal Joshua set up the twelve stones they had taken from the Jordan. 21Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones?’ 22you are to tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’…
Cross References
Exodus 13:14
In the future, when your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' you are to tell him, 'With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Joshua 4:6
to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask, 'What do these stones mean to you?'

Joshua 4:20
And there at Gilgal Joshua set up the twelve stones they had taken from the Jordan.

Joshua 4:22
you are to tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'

Treasury of Scripture

And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

When your

Joshua 4:6
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?

Psalm 105:2-5
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works…

Psalm 145:4-7
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts…

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Lexicon
Then [Joshua] said
וַיֹּ֛אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the Israelites,
בְּנֵ֥י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

“In the future,
מָחָר֙ (mā·ḥār)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 4279: Deferred, the morrow, tomorrow, hereafter

when
אֲשֶׁר֩ (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

your children
בְּנֵיכֶ֤ם (bə·nê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

ask
יִשְׁאָל֨וּן (yiš·’ā·lūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

their fathers,
אֲבוֹתָ֣ם (’ă·ḇō·w·ṯām)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father

‘What
מָ֖ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

is the meaning of these
הָאֵֽלֶּה׃ (hā·’êl·leh)
Article | Pronoun - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 428: These, those

stones?’
הָאֲבָנִ֥ים (hā·’ă·ḇā·nîm)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 68: A stone
Verse 21. - When. Hebrews אֲֶשר. The relative pronoun here is sometimes equivalent to "when," as in Deuteronomy 11:6; 1 Kings 8:9. Gesenius would translate "if that," and Keil would render by quod. 4:20-24 It is the duty of parents to tell their children betimes of the words and works of God, that they may be trained up in the way they should go. In all the instruction parents give their children, they should teach them to fear God. Serious godliness is the best learning. Are we not called, as much as the Israelites, to praise the loving-kindness of our God? Shall we not raise a pillar to our God, who has brought us through dangers and distresses in so wonderful a way? For hitherto the Lord hath helped us, as much as he did his saints of old. How great the stupidity and ingratitude of men, who perceive not His hand, and will not acknowledge his goodness, in their frequent deliverances!
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