“And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?”
King James Version (KJV)
4:19 The first month - Namely, of Nisan, which wanted but five days of forty years from the time of their coming out of Egypt, which was on the fifteenth day of this month. So punctual is God in the performing of his word, whether promised or threatened. And this day was very seasonable for the taking up of the lambs which were to he used four days after, according to the law, #Exod 12:3|,6. Gilgal - A place afterwards so called, #Jos 5:9|.
4:20 In Gilgal - Probably in order, like so many little pillars, to keep up the remembrance of this miraculous benefit.
4:23 Before us - That is, myself and Caleb, and all of us here present; for this benefit, though done to their fathers, is justly said to be done to themselves, because they were then in their parent's loins. It greatly magnifies later mercies, to compare them with former mercies; for hereby it appears, that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.