Joshua 2

Rahab Hides the Spies

1And Joshua the son of Nun asent
Or had sent
two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of ca prostitute whose name was dRahab and lodged there.
2And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” 3Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” 4But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” 6But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof. 7So the men pursued after them on the way to the Jordan eas far as the fords. And the gate was shut as soon as the pursuers had gone out.

8Before the men
Hebrew they
lay down, she came up to them on the roof
9and said to the men, “I know that the  Lord has given you the land, gand that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land hmelt away before you. 10For we have heard how the  Lord idried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and jwhat you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to kSihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction.
That is, set apart ( devoted) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction)
11And mas soon as we heard it, nour hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for othe  Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. 12Now then, please swear to me by the  Lord that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and pgive me a sure sign 13that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” 14And the men said to her, “Our life for yours even to death! If you do not tell this business of ours, then when the  Lord gives us the land qwe will deal kindly and faithfully with you.”

15Then she rlet them down by a rope through the window, for her house was built into the city wall, so that she lived in the wall. 16And she said
Or had said
to them, “Go into the hills, or the pursuers will encounter you, and hide there three days until the pursuers have returned. Then afterward you may go your way.”
17The men said to her, “We will be guiltless with respect to this oath of yours that you have made us swear. 18 tBehold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down uand you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household. 19Then if anyone goes out of the doors of your house into the street, vhis blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be guiltless. But if a hand is laid on anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head. 20But if you wtell this business of ours, then we shall be guiltless with respect to your oath that you have made us swear.” 21And she said, “According to your words, so be it.” Then she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

22They departed and went into the hills and remained there three days until the pursuers returned, and the pursuers searched all along the way and found nothing. 23Then the two men returned. They came down from the hills and xpassed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they told him all that had happened to them. 24And they said to Joshua, “Truly ythe  Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land zmelt away because of us.”

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