4:3 And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst
of Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood
a firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with
you, and leave them in the b lodging place, where ye shall
lodge this night.
(a) As in (Jos 3:17).
(b) Meaning, the place where they would camp.
4:6 That this may be a sign among you, [that] when your c
children ask [their fathers] in time to come, saying, What
[mean] ye by these stones?
(c) God commands that not only we ourselves profit by this
wonderful work, but that our posterity may know the
cause of it, and glorify his Name.
4:9 And Joshua set up d 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.
(d) Besides the twelve stones that were carried by the
tribes and set up in Gilgal.
4:11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed
over, that the ark of the LORD passed over, and the
priests, e in the presence of the people.
(e) Meaning, in the presence or sight of the people.
4:13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before
the f LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
(f) That is, before the Ark.
4:16 Command the priests that bear the g ark of the testimony,
that they come up out of Jordan.
(g) Because the ark testified God's presence, and the
tables of the Law contained in it signified God's will
toward his people.
4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth [day] of
the h first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east
border of Jericho.
(h) Called Abib or Nisan, containing part of March and part
4:24 That all the people of the i earth might know the hand of
the LORD, that it [is] mighty: that ye might fear the LORD
your God for ever.
(i) God's benefits serve as a further condemnation to the
wicked, and stir up his own to reverence and obey him.