4:3 Instruct them, ‘Pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests 1 stand firmly, and carry them over with you and put them in the place where you camp tonight.’”
4:4 Joshua summoned the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one per tribe. 4:5 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. 4:6 The stones 2 will be a reminder to you. 3 When your children ask someday, ‘Why are these stones important to you?’ 4:7 tell them how the water of the Jordan stopped flowing 4 before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the water of the Jordan stopped flowing. 5 These stones will be a lasting memorial for the Israelites.”
1 tn Heb “the feet of the priests.”
2 tn Heb “that this may be”; the referent of “this” (the twelve stones) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
3 tn Heb “in order that this might be a sign among you.”
4 tn Heb “were cut off from before.”
5 tn Heb “how the waters descending from above stood still.”