New International Version
And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.
King James Bible
And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.
Darby Bible Translation
And those twelve stones which they had taken out of the Jordan did Joshua set up in Gilgal.
World English Bible
Joshua set up those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, in Gilgal.
Young's Literal Translation
and these twelve stones, which they have taken out of the Jordan, hath Joshua raised up in Gilgal.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Those twelve stones - It is very likely that a base of mason-work was erected of some considerable height, and then the twelve stones placed on the top of it; and that this was the case both in Jordan and in Gilgal: for twelve such stones as a man could carry a considerable way on his shoulder, see Joshua 4:5, could scarcely have made any observable altar, or pillar of memorial: but erected on a high base of mason-work they would be very conspicuous, and thus properly answer the end for which God ordered them to be set up.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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'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
Gilgal, in Deuteronomy 11:30 what the Place Was.
and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight."
So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.
He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their parents, 'What do these stones mean?'
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