Rahab and the Spies
2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim
two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even
Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house,
named Rahab, and lodged there.
2:2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold,
there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel
to search out the country.
2:3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring
forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into
thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.
2:4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said
thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they
2:5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the
gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the
men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall
2:6 But she had brought them up to the roof of the house,
and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in
order upon the roof.
2:7 And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto
the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were
gone out, they shut the gate.
2:8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them
upon the roof;
2:9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath
given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us,
and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of
2:10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of
the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye
did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the
other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
2:11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts
did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any
man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in
heaven above, and in earth beneath.
2:12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD,
since I have showed you kindness, that ye will also show
kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token:
2:13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother,
and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and
deliver our lives from death.
2:14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye
utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD
hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly
2:15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window:
for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the
2:16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest
the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days,
until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your
2:17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of
this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
2:18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind
this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst
let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy
mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household,
home unto thee.
2:19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the
doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon
his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be
with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if
any hand be upon him.
2:20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be
quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
2:21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And
she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the
scarlet line in the window.
2:22 And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode
there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the
pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them
2:23 So the two men returned, and descended from the
mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of
Nun, and told him all things that befell them:
2:24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath
delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the
inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.