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Jos 4:9 (KJV) — And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.
Jos 4:9 (NASB) — Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day.
|Phrase from KJV (Help)
|set up twelve
||Exd 24:12; Exd 28:21; 1Ki 18:31; Psa 111:2-4|
|and they are there
||"These words might be written by Joshua at the close of his life, or perhaps be added by some later prophet. It seems from this verse, that there were two sorts of stones erected as a memorial of this great event: twelve at Gilgal (Jos 4:20,) and twelve in the bed of the Jordan; which last might have been placed on a base of strong stone work, so high as always to be visible, and serve to mark the very spot where the priests stood with the ark. Drs. Kennicott and Shuckford, however, would read here with the Syriac, mittoch, ""from the midst,"" instead of bethoch, ""in the midst;"" and render, ""And Joshua took up the twelve stones (taken) from the midst of Jordan,"" etc. But this reading is unsupported by any MS. yet collated; and it appears wholly unnecessary. Gen 26:33; Deu 34:6; Jdg 1:26; 1Sa 30:25; 2Sa 4:3; 2Ch 5:9; Mat 27:8; Mat 28:15"|
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