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Joshua 4:24 ASV
that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of Jehovah, that it is mighty; that ye may fear Jehovah your God for ever.
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Joshua 4:24 BBE
So that all the peoples of the earth may see that the hand of the Lord is strong; and that they may go in fear of the Lord your God for ever.
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Joshua 4:24 CEB
This happened so that all the earth's peoples might know that the LORD's power is great and that you may always revere the LORD your God."
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Joshua 4:24 CJB
From this all the peoples of the earth can know that the hand of ADONAI is strong, and you can fear ADONAI your God forever.'"
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Joshua 4:24 RHE
(4-25) That all the people of the earth may learn the most mighty hand of the Lord, that you also may fear the Lord your God for ever.
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Joshua 4:24 ESV
so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear the LORD your God forever."
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Joshua 4:24 GW
The LORD did this so that everyone in the world would know his mighty power and that you would fear the LORD your God every day of your life."
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Joshua 4:24 GNT
Because of this everyone on earth will know how great the Lord's power is, and you will honor the Lord your God forever."
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Joshua 4:24 HNV
that all the peoples of the eretz may know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty; that you may fear the LORD your God forever.
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Joshua 4:24 CSB
This is so that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord's hand is mighty, and so that you may always fear the Lord your God."
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Joshua 4:24 KJV
That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.
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Joshua 4:24 LEB
so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of Yahweh [is] strong, so that you may fear Yahweh your God {forever}."
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Joshua 4:24 NAS
that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever ."
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Joshua 4:24 NCV
The Lord did this so all people would know he has great power and so you would always respect the Lord your God.'"
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Joshua 4:24 NIRV
He did it so that all of the nations on earth would know that he is powerful. He did it so that you would always have respect for the LORD your God."
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Joshua 4:24 NIV
He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God."
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Joshua 4:24 NKJV
that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever."
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Joshua 4:24 NLT
He did this so that all the nations of the earth might know the power of the LORD, and that you might fear the LORD your God forever."
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Joshua 4:24 NRS
so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, and so that you may fear the Lord your God forever."
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Joshua 4:24 RSV
so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty; that you may fear the LORD your God for ever."
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Joshua 4:24 DBY
that all peoples of the earth might know the hand of Jehovah, that it is mighty; that ye might fear Jehovah your God continually.
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Joshua 4:24 MSG
This was so that everybody on earth would recognize how strong God's rescuing hand is and so that you would hold God in solemn reverence always."
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Joshua 4:24 WBT
That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD that it [is] mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.
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Joshua 4:24 TMB
that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty, that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever."
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Joshua 4:24 TNIV
He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God."
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Joshua 4:24 WEB
that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of Yahweh, that it is mighty; that you may fear Yahweh your God forever.
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Joshua 4:24 WYC
that all the peoples of (the) earth learn, or know, (of) the full strong might of the Lord, and that ye dread your Lord God in all time. (so that all the peoples of the earth can learn, or come to know, of the strong might, or the powerful hand, of the Lord, and so that ye shall fear the Lord your God forevermore/and so that ye shall revere the Lord your God forevermore.)
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Joshua 4:24 YLT
so that all the people of the land do know the hand of Jehovah that it [is] strong, so that ye have reverenced Jehovah your God all the days.'
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Joshua 4 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 4

Stones taken out of Jordan. (1-9) The people pass through Jordan. (10-19) The twelve stones placed in Gilgal. (20-24)

Verses 1-9 The works of the Lord are so worthy of rememberance, and the heart of man is so prone to forget them, that various methods are needful to refresh our memories, for the glory of God, our advantage, and that of our children. God gave orders for preparing this memorial.

Verses 10-19 The priests with the ark did not stir till ordered to move. Let none be weary of waiting, while they have the tokens of God's presence with them, even the ark of the covenant, though it be in the depths of adversity. Notice is taken of the honour put upon Joshua. Those are feared in the best manner, and to the best purpose, who make it appear that God is with them, and that they set him before them.

Verses 20-24 It is the duty of parents to tell their children betimes of the words and works of God, that they may be trained up in the way they should go. In all the instruction parents give their children, they should teach them to fear God. Serious godliness is the best learning. Are we not called, as much as the Israelites, to praise the loving-kindness of our God? Shall we not raise a pillar to our God, who has brought us through dangers and distresses in so wonderful a way? For hitherto the Lord hath helped us, as much as he did his saints of old. How great the stupidity and ingratitude of men, who perceive not His hand, and will not acknowledge his goodness, in their frequent deliverances!

Joshua 4 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 4

Joshua 4:1-8 . TWELVE STONES TAKEN FOR A MEMORIAL OUT OF JORDAN.

1-3. the Lord spake unto Joshua, Take you twelve men--each representing a tribe. They had been previously chosen for this service ( Joshua 3:12 ), and the repetition of the command is made here solely to introduce the account of its execution. Though Joshua had been divinely instructed to erect a commemorative pile, the representatives were not apprised of the work they were to do till the time of the passage.

4, 5. Joshua called the twelve men--They had probably, from a feeling of reverence, kept back, and were standing on the eastern bank. They were now ordered to advance. Picking up each a stone, probably as large as he could carry, from around the spot "where the priests stood," they pass over before the ark and deposit the stones in the place of next encampment ( Joshua 4:19 Joshua 4:20 ), namely, Gilgal.

6, 7. That this may be a sign among you--The erection of cairns, or huge piles of stones, as monuments of remarkable incidents has been common among all people, especially in the early and crude periods of their history. They are the established means of perpetuating the memory of important transactions, especially among the nomadic people of the East. Although there be no inscription engraved on them, the history and object of such simple monuments are traditionally preserved from age to age. Similar was the purpose contemplated by the conveyance of the twelve stones to Gilgal: it was that they might be a standing record to posterity of the miraculous passage of the Jordan.

8. the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded--that is, it was done by their twelve representatives.

Joshua 4:9 . TWELVE STONES SET UP IN THE MIDST OF JORDAN.

9. Joshua set up twelve stones . . . in the place where the feet of the priests . . . stood--In addition to the memorial just described, there was another memento of the miraculous event, a duplicate of the former, set up in the river itself, on the very spot where the ark had rested. This heap of stones might have been a large and compactly built one and visible in the ordinary state of the river. As nothing is said where these stones were obtained, some have imagined that they might have been gathered in the adjoining fields and deposited by the people as they passed the appointed spot.
they are there unto this day--at least twenty years after the event, if we reckon by the date of this history ( Joshua 24:26 ), and much later, if the words in the latter clause were inserted by Samuel or Ezra.

Joshua 4:10-13 . THE PEOPLE PASS OVER.

10. the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan--This position was well calculated to animate the people, who probably crossed below the ark, as well as to facilitate Joshua's execution of the minutest instructions respecting the passage ( Numbers 27:21-23 ). The unfaltering confidence of the priests contrasts strikingly with the conduct of the people, who "hasted and passed over." Their faith, like that of many of God's people, was, through the weakness of nature, blended with fears. But perhaps their "haste" may be viewed in a more favorable light, as indicating the alacrity of their obedience, or it might have been enjoined in order that the the whole multitude might pass in one day.

11. the ark of the Lord passed over, and the priests, in the presence of the people--The ark is mentioned as the efficient cause; it had been the first to move--it was the last to leave--and its movements arrested the deep attention of the people, who probably stood on the opposite bank, wrapt in admiration and awe of this closing scene. It was a great miracle, greater even than the passage of the Red Sea in this respect: that, admitting the fact, there is no possibility of rationalistic insinuations as to the influence of natural causes in producing it, as have been made in the former case.

12, 13. the children of Reuben . . . passed over armed before the children of Israel--There is no precedency to the other tribes indicated here; for there is no reason to suppose that the usual order of march was departed from; but these are honorably mentioned to show that, in pursuance of their promise ( Joshua 1:16-18 ), they had sent a complement of fighting men to accompany their brethren in the war of invasion.

13. to the plains of Jericho--That part of the Arabah or Ghor, on the west, is about seven miles broad from the Jordan to the mountain entrance at Wady-Kelt. Though now desert, this valley was in ancient times richly covered with wood. An immense palm forest, seven miles long, surrounded Jericho.

Joshua 4:14-24 . GOD MAGNIFIES JOSHUA.

14-17. On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel--It appeared clear from the chief part he acted, that he was the divinely appointed leader; for even the priests did not enter the river or quit their position, except at his command; and thenceforward his authority was as firmly established as that of his predecessor.

18. it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark . . . were come out of the midst of Jordan . . . that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place--Their crossing, which was the final act, completed the evidence of the miracle; for then, and not till then, the suspended laws of nature were restored, the waters returned to their place, and the river flowed with as full a current as before.

19. the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month--that is, the month Nisan, four days before the passover, and the very day when the paschal lamb required to be set apart, the providence of God having arranged that the entrance into the promised land should be at the feast.
and encamped in Gilgal--The name is here given by anticipation It was a tract of land, according to JOSEPHUS, fifty stadia (six and one-half miles) from Jordan, and ten stadia (one and one-fourth miles) from Jericho, at the eastern outskirts of the palm forest, now supposed to be the spot occupied by the village Riha.

20-24. those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal--Probably to render them more conspicuous, they might be raised on a foundation of earth or turf. The pile was designed to serve a double purpose--that of impressing the heathen with a sense of the omnipotence of God, while at the same time it would teach an important lesson in religion to the young and rising Israelites in after ages.