1Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men as spies
secretly, saying, Go, view the land, and Jericho. They went and came into the
house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab, and lay there.
2It was told
the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in here tonight of the
children of Israel to search out the land.
3The king of Jericho sent to
Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men who are come to you, who have entered into
your house; for they have come to search out all the land.
took the two men, and hid them; and she said, Yes, the men came to me, but I
didn’t know whence they were:
5and it happened about the time of the
shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out; where the men
went I don’t know: pursue after them quickly; for you will overtake
6But she had brought them up to the roof, and hid them with the
stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.
7The men pursued
after them the way to the Jordan to the fords: and as soon as those who
pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.
8Before they were
laid down, she came up to them on the roof;
9and she said to the men, I
know that Yahweh has given you the land, and that the fear of you is fallen
on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you.
10For we have heard how Yahweh dried 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 Sihon and to Og, whom
you utterly destroyed.
11As soon as we had heard it, our hearts did
melt, neither did there remain any more spirit in any man, because of you:
for Yahweh your God, he is God in heaven above, and on earth beneath.
12Now therefore, please swear to me by Yahweh, since I have dealt kindly
with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and
give me a true token;
13and that you will save alive my father, and
my mother, and my brothers, and my sisters, and all that they have, and will
deliver our lives from death.
14The men said to her, Our life for yours,
if you don’t utter this our business; and it shall be, when Yahweh gives
us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.
15Then she let
them down by a cord through the window: for her house was on the side of the
wall, and she lived on the wall.
16She said to them, Get you to the
mountain, lest the pursuers light on you; and hide yourselves there three
days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may you go your way.
17The men said to her, We will be guiltless of this your oath which you
have made us to swear.
18Behold, when we come into the land, you shall
bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which you did let us down by:
and you shall gather to you into the house your father, and your mother, and
your brothers, and all your father’s household.
19It shall be, that
whoever shall go out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood
shall be on his head, and we shall be guiltless: and whoever shall be with
you in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be on him.
20But if you utter this our business, then we shall be guiltless of your
oath which you have made us to swear.
21She said, According to your
words, so be it. She sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the
scarlet line in the window.
22They went, and came to the mountain, and
abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers
sought them throughout all the way, but didn’t find them.
23Then the two
men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to
Joshua the son of Nun; and they told him all that had happened to them.
24They said to Joshua, Truly Yahweh has delivered into our hands all the
land; and moreover all the inhabitants of the land do melt away before us.