New Living Translation
Then Joshua said to the Israelites, "In the future your children will ask, '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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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
"And in the future, your children will ask you, 'What does all this mean?' Then you will tell them, 'With the power of his mighty hand, the LORD brought us out of Egypt, the place of our slavery.
We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, 'What do these stones mean?'
It was there at Gilgal that Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River.
Then you can tell them, 'This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'
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