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So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the children of Israel at the Hill of the Foreskins. Bible

“So Joshua made.” The Hebrew text has the redundant pronoun, “Joshua made himself,” but that idiomatic Hebrew, if translated literally, makes the English unclear. The text is worded as if Joshua did all the work himself, but it is simply a way of expressing that Joshua was the leader and was overseeing the work. Here again in Joshua 5:2-3 we see the theme in Joshua of Joshua quickly and exactly obeying Yahweh (see commentary on Josh. 4:16).


Commentary for: Joshua 5:3