English Standard Version
At that time the LORD said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.”
King James Bible
At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
American Standard Version
At that time Jehovah said unto Joshua, Make thee knives of flint, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
At that time the Lord said to Josue: Make thee knives of stone, and circumcise the second time the children of Israel.
English Revised Version
At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee knives of flint, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
Webster's Bible Translation
At that time the LORD said to Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
There Joshua set up the twelve stones, which they had taken over with them out of the Jordan, and explained to the people at the same time the importance of this memorial to their descendants (Joshua 4:21, Joshua 4:22), and the design of the miracle which had been wrought by God (Joshua 4:24). On Joshua 4:21, Joshua 4:22, see Joshua 4:6, Joshua 4:7. אשׁר (Joshua 4:23), quod, as (see Deuteronomy 2:22). The miracle itself, like the similar one at the Dead Sea, had a double intention, viz., to reveal to the Canaanites the omnipotence of the God of Israel, the strong hand of the Lord (compare Exodus 14:4, Exodus 14:18, with Joshua 6:6; and for the expression "the hand of the Lord is mighty," see Exodus 3:19; Exodus 6:1, etc.), and to serve as an impulse to the Israelites to fear the Lord their God always (see at Exodus 14:31).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
sharp knife. or, knife of flints. Before the use of iron was common, all the nations of the earth had their edge tools made of stones, flints, etc. Our ancestors had their arrows and spearheads made of flint; which are frequently turned up by the plough. And even when iron became more common, stone knives seem to have been preferred for making incisions in the human body. The Egyptians used such to open the bodies for embalming; and the tribe of Alnajab in Ethiopia, who follow the Mosaic institution, perform the rite of circumcision, according to Ludolf, cultris lapidibus, with knives made of stone.
Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet with it and said, "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!"
So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth.
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