Joshua 2

Rahab Shelters Spies

1Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from a  Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went and came into the house of b  a harlot whose name was Rahab, and
Lit lay down
lodged there.
2It was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” 3And the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” 4But the d  woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5It came about when it was time to shut the gate at dark, that the men went out; I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” 6But e  she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them in the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof. 7So the men pursued them on the road to the Jordan to the fords; and as soon as those who were pursuing them had gone out, they shut the gate.

8Now before they lay down
Lit then she
she came up to them on the roof,
9and said to the men g  I know that the  Lord has given you the land, and that the h  terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have
Or become demoralized
melted away before you.
10 j  For we have heard how the  Lord dried up the water of the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and l  what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you
Or put under the ban
utterly destroyed.
11When we heard it, n  our hearts melted and no
Lit spirit arose
courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the p   Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
12Now therefore, please swear to me by the  Lord, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a q  pledge of
Or faithfulness
truth,
13and
Lit let live
spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our
Lit souls
lives from death.”
14So the men said to her, “Our
Lit soul
life
Lit instead of you to die
for yours if you do not tell this business of ours; and it shall come about when the  Lord gives us the land that we will w  deal kindly and
Or truly
faithfully with you.”

The Promise to Rahab

15Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall, so that she was living on the wall. 16She said to them, y  Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way.” 17The men said to her, z  “We shall be free from this oath
Lit of yours
to you which you have made us swear,
18
Lit behold
unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and ac  gather to yourself into the house your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father’s household.
19It shall come about that anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be free; but anyone who is with you in the house, ad  his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear.” 21She said, “According to your words, so be it.” So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

22They departed and came to the hill country, and remained there for three days until the pursuers returned. Now the pursuers had sought them
Lit through all the road
all along the road, but had not found them.
23Then the two men returned and came down from the hill country and crossed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they related to him all that had happened to them. 24They said to Joshua, “Surely the  Lord has given all the land into our hands; moreover af  all the inhabitants of the land have
Or become demoralized
melted away before us.”
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