How could these stones be a monument of this work, when they were not seen, but generally covered with the waters of Jordan?
ESV - 9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day.
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In the previous chapter (Joshua 3:13), God had said to Joshua, "And when the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be stopped from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap." This suggests to me that the place where the priests who were bearing the ark were standing was not in the middle of the river (as one might suppose from the phrase "in the midst of the Jordan"), but at the river's edge (which would also have been higher, or closer, than it would be when the river was not in its annual flood stage). The memorial that Joshua made from the twelve stones taken from this location would therefore have always been visible, rather than being covered by the Jordan.
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