Spying out the land
Joshua's sending of the two spies
Jehovah's providing of Rahab the harlot
Then Joshua the son of Nun secretly sent out from Shittim two men as aspies
, saying, Go, view the land, especially Jericho.
And they went and entered the house of a woman who was a harlot, whose name was 1bRahab
; and they lay down there.
And the king of Jericho was told, saying, There are some men who have now come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the land.
Then the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab, saying, Bring out the men who have come to you and who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.
And the woman atook
the two men and hid them. And she said, Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.
And when it was time to shut the gate at dark, the men went out; I do not know where the men have gone. Pursue quickly after them, for you can overtake them.
But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them among stalks of flax that she had laid out on the roof.
So the men pursued after them on the way toward the Jordan as far as the fords. And as soon as those who pursued after them went out, the gate was shut.
And before 1the
spies lay down, she went up to them on the roof;
And she said to the men, I know that Jehovah has given you the land, and that the dread of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land amelt
For we have heard how Jehovah adried
up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to bSihon
and to cOg
, whom you 1utterly
When we heard, our hearts amelted
; and there no longer remained any spirit in any man because of you; for Jehovah your God, 1He
in heaven above and upon earth beneath.
So now, swear to me by Jehovah, I beg you, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my afather
’s house; and give me some token of trust,
That you will preserve my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters and all that they have, and will deliver our lives from death.
And the men said to her, Our life 1for
yours! If you do not utter anything of this matter concerning us, then when Jehovah gives the land to us, we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.
Then she alet
them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the wall of the city and she dwelt on the wall.
And she said to them, Go to the mountain, so that your pursuers do not come upon you; and hide yourselves there for three days, until your pursuers return; then afterward you can go on your way.
And the men said to her, We will be released from this oath to you that you made us swear,
Unless, when we enter the land, you tie this line of 1ascarlet
thread in the window through which you let us down, and gather your father and your mother and your brothers and all your bfather
’s house to you in your house.
And anyone who goes forth from the doors of your house into the street, his ablood
will be upon his own head, and we will be innocent. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood will be upon our heads if a hand should come upon him.
But if you utter anything of this matter concerning us, we will be released from this oath to you that you made us swear.
And she said, According to your words, so shall it be. Then she sent them away, and they left. And she tied the ascarlet
line in the window.
And they left and came to the mountain, and they remained there for three days, until their pursuers returned. And although their pursuers searched the entire way, they could not find them.
The two spies' return and report
Then the two men returned and came down from the mountain, and they crossed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun. And they related to him all that had happened to them.
And they said to Joshua, 1Jehovah
has indeed given all the land into our ahand
; moreover, all the inhabitants of the land melt before us.