So she lowered the spies on a rope through the window. Her house was on the outer side of the city wall, and she lived inside the wall.
Then she said to them, "Go toward the highlands so that those chasing you don't run into you. Hide there for three days until those chasing you return. Then you may go on your way."
The men said to her, "We won't be responsible for this pledge you made us swear
unless, when we come into the land, you tie this red woven cord in the window through which you lowered us. Gather your father, your mother, your brothers, and your whole family into the house with you.
Those who go outside the doors of your house into the street will have only themselves to blame for their own deaths. We won't be responsible. If anyone lays a hand on those who are with you in the house, we will take the blame for their death.
But if you reveal our mission, we won't be responsible for this pledge you made us swear."
She said, "These things will happen just like you said." She sent them away and they went off. Then she tied the red cord in the window.