And Joshua the son of Nunsenta out of Shittimtwomen to spysecretly,saying , Goview the land, even Jericho. And they went , and came into an harlot'shouse , namedRahab, and lodged there.
And it was told the king of Jericho,saying , Behold, there camemen in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country.3
And the king of Jerichosent 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.4
And the womantook the twomen, and hid them, and said thus, There camemen unto me, but I wist not whence they were:
And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out : whither the menwent I wot not: pursueafter them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.
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.7
And the menpursuedafter them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursuedafter them were gone out , they shut the gate.8
And before they were laid down , she came up unto them upon the roof;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 landfaintbbecause of you.
For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Redsea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the twokings of the Amorites, that were on the other sideJordan,Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed .
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 heavenabove, and in earth beneath.
Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD,since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shewkindness unto my father'shouse, and give me a truetoken: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.14
And the menanswered 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 dealkindly and truly with thee.
Then she let them down by a cordthrough the window: for her house was upon the townwall, and she dwelt upon the wall.16
And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuersmeet you; and hide yourselves there threedays, until the pursuers be returned : and afterward may ye go your way.17
And the mensaid unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear .
Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarletthread in the window which thou didst let us down by : and thou shalt bringc thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father'shousehold,home unto thee.
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.
And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear .
And she said , According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away , and they departed : and she bound the scarletline in the window.22
And they went , and came unto the mountain, and abode there threedays, until the pursuers were returned : and the pursuerssought them throughout all the way, but found them not.
So the twomenreturned , and descended from the mountain, and passed over , and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them:
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 faintdbecause of us.