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 Joshua 2:1 - 24
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   Book of Joshua
   Chapter 2
2:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. "Go, look over the land," he said, "especially Jericho." So they went and entered the house of a prostitute F2 named Rahab and stayed there.
 
2:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king of Jericho was told, "Look! Some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land."
 
2:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land."
 
2:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from.
 
2:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them."
 
2:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
(But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.)
 
2:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.
 
2:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof
 
2:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and said to them, "I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.
 
2:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea F3 for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. F4
 
2:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
 
2:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign
 
2:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and that you will save us from death."
 
2:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Our lives for your lives!" the men assured her. "If you don't tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the LORD gives us the land."
 
2:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.
 
2:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now she had said to them, "Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way."
 
2:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The men said to her, "This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us
 
2:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house.
 
2:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
If anyone goes outside your house into the street, his blood will be on his own head; we will not be responsible. As for anyone who is in the house with you, his blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on him.
 
2:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear."
 
2:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Agreed," she replied. "Let it be as you say." So she sent them away and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
 
2:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days, until the pursuers had searched all along the road and returned without finding them.
 
2:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them.
 
2:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They said to Joshua, "The LORD has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us."
 

FOOTNOTES:
F2 Or possibly an innkeeper
F3 Hebrew Yam Suph; that is, Sea of Reeds
F4 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them.

 
 

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