And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded
That is, the twelve men taken out of the twelve tribes of Israel, and who were the representatives of them in this action;
and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord
spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the
children of Israel;
they took the exact number, and out of the very place Joshua was ordered to direct them to do:
and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged:
which, as Josephus says F9, was fifty furlongs from Jordan, which was above six miles; so far they carried these stones on their shoulders:
and laid them down there;
which afterwards were put in proper order by Joshua, or at least by his direction.
F9 Antiqu. l. 5. c. 1. sect. 4.