Joshua Chapter 4 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
This is the text and a scan of the actual, original, first printing of the 1611 King James Version, the 'HE' Bible, for Joshua Chapter 4. The KJV does not get more original or authentic than this. View Joshua Chapter 4 as text-only. Click to switch to the standard King James Version of Joshua Chapter 4
View this Ioshua chapter 4 page at a larger size (Joshua, the original 1611 KJV)
(ideal for widescreen monitors 1366 x 768 or higher)
1 Twelue men are appointed to take twelue stones for a memoriall out of Iordan. 9 Twelue other stones are set vp in the middest of Iordan. 10. 19 The people passe ouer. 14 God magnifieth Ioshua. 20 The twelue stones are pitched in Gilgal.
3 And command you them, saying, Take you hence out of the mids of Iordan, out of the place where the Priests feet stood firme, twelue stones, and yee shal cary them ouer with you, and leaue them in the lodging place where you shall lodge this night.
5 And Ioshua said vnto them, Passe ouer before the Arke of the Lord your God into the mids of Iordan, and take ye vp euery man of you a stone vpon his shoulder, according vnto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel:
7 Then yee shall answere them, That the waters of Iordan were cut off before the Arke of the Couenant of the Lord, when it passed ouer Iordan, the waters of Iordan were cut off: and these stones shall bee for a memoriall vnto the children of Israel for euer.
8 And the children of Israel did so as Ioshua commanded, and tooke vp twelue stones out of the midst of Iordan, as the Lord spake vnto Ioshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and caried them ouer with them, vnto the place where they lodged, and laid them downe there.
10 ¶ For the Priests which bare the Arke, stood in the midst of Iordan, vntill euery thing was finished that the Lord commanded Ioshua to speake vnto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Ioshua: and the people hasted and passed ouer.
18 And it came to passe when the Priests that bare the Arke of the Couenant of the Lord, were come vp out of the mids of Iordan, and the soles of the Priests feete were lift vp vnto the dry land, that the waters of Iordan returned vnto their place, and flowed ouer all his banks, as they did before.18
23 For the Lord your God dried vp the waters of Iordan from before you, vntill yee were passed ouer, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which hee dried vp from before vs, vntill we were gone ouer:23
View Wesley's Notes for Joshua Chapter 4
4:1 Spake - This was commanded before, #Josh 3:12|, and is here repeated with enlargement, as being now to be put in execution.
4:2 Out of every tribe a man - For the greater evidence, and the more effectual spreading the report of this marvellous work among all the tribes.
4:3 Lodge this night - That is, in Gilgal, as is expressed below, ver.#19|,20.
4:4 Prepared - That is, appointed for that work, and commanded to be ready for it.
4:5 Before the ark - That is, go back again to the place where the ark stands.
4:6 A sign - A monument or memorial of this day's work.
4:9 Twelve stones - These stones are not the same with those which a man could carry upon his shoulder, ver.#5|. They might be very much larger; and being set up in two rows one above another, might be seen, at least when the water was low, especially where it was shallow, as it was ordinarily, though not at this time, when Jordan overflowed all its banks. Add to this, that the waters of Jordan are very clear; therefore these stones might be seen in it, either by those who stood upon the shore, because the river was not broad; or by those that passed in boats. Unto this day - This might be written, either by Joshua who probably wrote this book near 20 years after this was done: or, by some other holy man divinely inspired, who inserted this and some such passages both in this book and in the writings of Moses.
4:10 Commanded Joshua - Not particularly, but in general; because he commanded Joshua to observe and do all that God had commanded him by Moses, and all that he should command him any other way. Hasted - That is, passed over with haste, an argument of their fear, or weakness of their faith; as on the contrary, the priests are commended that they stood firm, and settled in their minds, as well as in the posture of their bodies.
4:13 Before the Lord - Either, before the ark, or, in the presence of God who observed whether they would keep their covenant made with their brethren, or not.
4:16 Out of Jordan - For being now in the middle, and deepest place of the river, they are most properly said to go up to the land.
4:17 The priests - Who stayed contentedly in the river, 'till God by Joshua called them out.
4:18 Their place - Returned into their proper channel, according to their natural and usual course.
4:19 The first month - Namely, of Nisan, which wanted but five days of forty years from the time of their coming out of Egypt, which was on the fifteenth day of this month. So punctual is God in the performing of his word, whether promised or threatened. And this day was very seasonable for the taking up of the lambs which were to he used four days after, according to the law, #Exod 12:3|,6. Gilgal - A place afterwards so called, #Jos 5:9|.
4:20 In Gilgal - Probably in order, like so many little pillars, to keep up the remembrance of this miraculous benefit.
4:23 Before us - That is, myself and Caleb, and all of us here present; for this benefit, though done to their fathers, is justly said to be done to themselves, because they were then in their parent's loins. It greatly magnifies later mercies, to compare them with former mercies; for hereby it appears, that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Joshua Chapter 4 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Deut. 27. 2. , Chap.3. 12.
6 Heb. to morrow.
12 Num. 32. 27.
13 Or. ready armed.
18 Hebr. plucked vp. , Hebr. went.
21 Hebr. to morrow.
23 Exod. 14. 21.
24 Hebr. all dayes.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
|< Joshua Chapter 3|
What Do You Think of Joshua 4?
Share your own thoughts or commentary here...
|< Joshua Chapter 3|