and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan.1 Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,
to serve as a sign2 among you. In the future, when your children3 ask you, 'What do these stones mean?'47
tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off5 before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial6 to the people of Israel forever."
So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones7 from the middle of the Jordan,8 according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua;9 and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.
Joshua set up the twelve stones10 that had beena in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.11