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

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?

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children hereafter ask their fathers, 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?

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Clarke'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

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 you by these stones?

Psalm 105:2-5 Sing to him, sing psalms to him: talk you of all his wondrous works...

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

in time to come [hb] to-morrow

Library
Stones 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

Gilgal, in Deuteronomy 11:30 what the Place Was.
That which is said by Moses, that "Gerizim and Ebal were over-against Gilgal," Deuteronomy 11:30, is so obscure, that it is rendered into contrary significations by interpreters. Some take it in that sense, as if it were near to Gilgal: some far off from Gilgal: the Targumists read, "before Gilgal": while, as I think, they do not touch the difficulty; which lies not so much in the signification of the word Mul, as in the ambiguity of the word Gilgal. These do all seem to understand that Gilgal which
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica

Cross References
Exodus 13:14
"In days to come, when your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' say to him, 'With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

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

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

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

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