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Joshua 4:3-7 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Instruct them, ‘Pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests[a] stand firmly, and carry them over with you and put them in the place where you camp tonight.’”

Joshua summoned the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one per tribe. Joshua told them, “Go in front of the ark of the Lord your God to the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to put a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the Israelite tribes. The stones[b] will be a reminder to you.[c] When your children ask someday, ‘Why are these stones important to you?’ tell them how the water of the Jordan stopped flowing[d] before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the water of the Jordan stopped flowing.[e] These stones will be a lasting memorial for the Israelites.”


  1. Joshua 4:3 tn Heb “the feet of the priests.”
  2. Joshua 4:6 tn Heb “that this may be”; the referent of “this” (the twelve stones) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  3. Joshua 4:6 tn Heb “in order that this might be a sign among you.”
  4. Joshua 4:7 tn Heb “were cut off from before.”
  5. Joshua 4:7 tn Heb “how the waters descending from above stood still.”
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