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1 Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp at Acacia. He instructed them, "Spy out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho." So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night. 1 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 named Rahab and stayed there.
2 But someone told the king of Jericho, "Some Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land." 2 The king of Jericho was told, "Look! Some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land."
3 So the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab: "Bring out the men who have come into your house. They are spies sent here to discover the best way to attack us." 3 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."
4 Rahab, who had hidden the two men, replied, "The men were here earlier, but I didn't know where they were from. 4 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.
5 They left the city at dusk, as the city gates were about to close, and I don't know where they went. If you hurry, you can probably catch up with them." 5 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."
6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them beneath piles of flax.) 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.)
7 So the king's men went looking for the spies along the road leading to the shallow crossing places of the Jordan River. And as soon as the king's men had left, the city gate was shut. 7 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.
8 Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. 8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof
9 "I know the LORD has given you this land," she told them. "We are all afraid of you. Everyone is living in terror. 9 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.
10 For we have heard how the LORD made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. 10 We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea 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.
11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the LORD your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. 11 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.
12 Now swear to me by the LORD that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that 12 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
13 when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families." 13 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."
14 "We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety," the men agreed. "If you don't betray us, we will keep our promise when the LORD gives us the land." 14 "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."
15 Then, since Rahab's house was built into the city wall, she let them down by a rope through the window. 15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.
16 "Escape to the hill country," she told them. "Hide there for three days until the men who are searching for you have returned; then go on your way." 16 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."
17 Before they left, the men told her, "We can guarantee your safety 17 The men said to her, "This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us
18 only if you leave this scarlet rope hanging from the window. And all your family members -- your father, mother, brothers, and all your relatives -- must be here inside the house. 18 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.
19 If they go out into the street, they will be killed, and we cannot be held to our oath. But we swear that no one inside this house will be killed -- not a hand will be laid on any of them. 19 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.
20 If you betray us, however, we are not bound by this oath in any way." 20 But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear."
21 "I accept your terms," she replied. And she sent them on their way, leaving the scarlet rope hanging from the window. 21 "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.
22 The spies went up into the hill country and stayed there three days. The men who were chasing them had searched everywhere along the road, but they finally returned to the city without success. 22 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.
23 Then the two spies came down from the hill country, crossed the Jordan River, and reported to Joshua all that had happened to them. 23 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.
24 "The LORD will certainly give us the whole land," they said, "for all the people in the land are terrified of us." 24 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."