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Joshua 4:6-7

4:6 The stones 1  will be a reminder to you. 2  When your children ask someday, ‘Why are these stones important to you?’ 4:7 tell them how the water of the Jordan stopped flowing 3  before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the water of the Jordan stopped flowing. 4  These stones will be a lasting memorial for the Israelites.”

Joshua 4:21-22

4:21 He told the Israelites, “When your children someday ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones represent?’ 5  4:22 explain 6  to your children, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan River 7  on dry ground.’

1 tn Heb “that this may be”; the referent of “this” (the twelve stones) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Heb “in order that this might be a sign among you.”

3 tn Heb “were cut off from before.”

4 tn Heb “how the waters descending from above stood still.”

5 tn Heb “What are these stones?”

6 tn Heb “make known.”

7 tn Heb “crossed this Jordan”; the word “River” is not in the Hebrew text, but has been supplied to clarify the meaning.

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