Joshua 2:13

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.”

Joshua 2:13 in Other Translations

KJV
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.
ESV
13 that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death."
NLT
13 when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.”
MSG
13 of life for my father and mother, my brothers and sisters - everyone connected with my family. Save our souls from death!"
CSB
13 that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death."

Joshua 2:13 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 2:13

And [that] ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and
my brethren, and my sisters
She makes no mention of any husband or children she had, as harlots seldom have, and which seems to confirm her character as such; and so Abarbinel observes, that her father's house is only mentioned to tell us that she had no husband, for she was an harlot and had no children, and puts her father and mother in the room of an husband, and her brethren and sisters in the room of children:

and all that they have;
not their substance only, but their children more especially, the children of her brethren and sisters:

and deliver our lives from death;
here she manifestly includes herself, and requests the saving of her life, and the lives of all her relations, when she knew the inhabitants of the city would be all put to death upon the taking of it: thus she provided for the safety of her family, as Noah in another case and manner did, ( Hebrews 11:7 ) ; and indeed seemed more concerned for them than for herself; and thus souls sensible of their own estate and condition, by nature and grace, are very solicitous for the salvation of their relations and friends, ( Romans 9:3 ) .

Joshua 2:13 In-Context

11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear 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 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 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 “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 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 18; Joshua 6:23