Are the 12 Stones in the River or in Gilgal?

Supposed contradiction and verses: 

Did Joshua remove the twelve stones from the Jordan River or are they still there?

Still there:

Joshua 4:9

And Joshua set up 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.

Taken to Gilgal:

Joshua 4:20

And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.


   One verse is all this skeptic had to read to lay all this to rest.

Joshua 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 firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.

   There are not just twelve stones spoken of here, but, rather, 24. In verse 3, we see that 12 men, one from each tribe, carry over across the Jordan a stone each.  In Joshua 4:4-8 that this was carried out. These stones will be set up where they camp later (Gilgal) as a memorial. We see that for sure in verse 20 as it says Joshua used the twelve stones the 12 men took from the river. But what about the ones that are in the river to this day? Look who did it! It says, “And Joshua”. These are twelve stones that Joshua himself took up separately and set up in the midst of the river.

There is no contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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