New Living Translation
It was there at Gilgal that Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:20 In Gilgal - Probably in order, like so many little pillars, to keep up the remembrance of this miraculous benefit.
The book of Joshua is the natural complement of the Pentateuch. Moses is dead, but the people are on the verge of the promised land, and the story of early Israel would be incomplete, did it not record the conquest of that land and her establishment upon it. The divine purpose moves restlessly on, until it is accomplished; so "after the death of Moses, Jehovah spake to Joshua," i. 1. The book falls naturally into three divisions: (a) the conquest of Canaan (i.-xii.), (b) the settlement of the …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Tell them, 'Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.'"
So the men did as Joshua had commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe, just as the LORD had told Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there.
Then Joshua said to the Israelites, "In the future your children will ask, 'What do these stones mean?'
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