Joshua 4:21

“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?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Joshua 4:21

And he spake vnto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shal aske their fathers in time to come, saying, What meane these stones?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He said to the sons of Israel, "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to the children of Israel, When your children say to their fathers in time to come, What is the reason for these stones?
- Basic English Bible

And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children hereafter ask their fathers, saying, What [mean] these stones?
- Darby Bible

And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?
- Webster's 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?'
- World English Bible

And he speaketh unto the sons of Israel, saying, `When your sons ask their fathers hereafter, saying, What [are] these stones?
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he spoke unto the children of Israel, saying: 'When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying: What mean these stones?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Joshua 4:21

Wesley's Notes for Joshua 4:21


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.


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