Rahab Hides the Spies
1Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men #Num. 25:1; Josh. 3:1from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and #Heb. 11:31; James 2:25came to the house of a harlot named #Matt. 1:5Rahab, and lodged there. 2And #Josh. 2:22it was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.”
3So the king of Jericho sent 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 country.”
4#2 Sam. 17:19, 20Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.” 6(But #Ex. 1:17; 2 Sam. 17:19she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.) 7Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.
8Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, 9and said to the men: #Deut. 1:8“I know that the Lord has given you the land, that #Gen. 35:5; Ex. 23:27; Deut. 2:25; 11:25; Josh. 9:9, 10the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land #Ex. 15:15; Josh. 5:1are fainthearted because of you. 10For we have heard how the Lord #Ex. 14:21; Josh. 4:23dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and #Num. 21:21–35what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you #Deut. 20:17; Josh. 6:21utterly destroyed. 11And as soon as we #Ex. 15:14, 15heard these things, #Josh. 5:1; 7:5; Ps. 22:14; Is. 13:7our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for #Deut. 4:39the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12Now therefore, I beg you, #1 Sam. 20:14, 15, 17swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to #1 Tim. 5:8my father’s house, and #Ex. 12:13; Josh. 2:18give me a true token, 13and #Josh. 6:23–25spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”
14So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that #Gen. 47:29; Judg. 1:24; (Matt. 5:7)we will deal kindly and truly with you.”
15Then she #Acts 9:25let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall. 16And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.”
17So the men said to her: “We will be #Ex. 20:7blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, 18#Josh. 2:12unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, #Josh. 6:23and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home. 19So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, #1 Kin. 2:32; Matt. 27:25his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.”
21Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
22They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them. 23So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them. 24And they said to Joshua, “Truly #Ex. 23:31; Josh. 6:2; 21:44the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.”