And she said to them, Get away into the hill-country, or the men who have gone after you will overtake you; keep yourselves safe there for three days, till the searchers have come back, and then go on your way.
And the men said to her, We will only be responsible for this oath which you have made us take,
If, when we come into the land, you put this cord of bright red thread in the window from which you let us down; and get your father and mother and your brothers and all your family into the house;
Then if anyone goes out of your house into the street, his blood will be on his head, we will not be responsible; but if any damage comes to anyone in the house, his blood will be on our heads.
But if you say anything about our business here, then we will be free from the oath you have made us take.
And she said, Let it be as you say. Then she sent them away, and they went; and she put the bright red cord in the window.
And they went into the hill-country and were there three days, till the men who had gone after them had come back; and those who went after them were searching for them everywhere without coming across them.
Then the two men came down from the hill-country and went over and came back to Joshua, the son of Nun; and they gave him a complete account of what had taken place.
And they said to Joshua, Truly, the Lord has given all the land into our hands; and all the people of the land have become like water because of us.