the way I show you,
to set up a touch stone
a visible reminder
of what I have done for you.
A memorial forever.
Joshua called out the twelve men
whom he selected from the People of Israel,
one man from each tribe.
Joshua directed them,
"Cross to the middle of the Jordan
and take your place in front of the Chest of God, your God.
Each of you heft a stone to your shoulder,
a stone for each of the tribes of the People of Israel,
so you'll have something later to mark the occasion.
When your children ask you,
'What are these stones to you?'
you'll say, 'The flow of the Jordan was stopped
in front of the Chest of the Covenant of God as it crossed the Jordan—
stopped in its tracks.
These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.
Joshua 4:4-7 msg