Joshua 2:8-11

8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof
9 and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given you this land 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 We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea[a] 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.[b]
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.

Joshua 2:8-11 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOSHUA 2

This chapter gives an account of the spies sent by Joshua to Jericho, and of their entrance into the house of Rahab, who hid them from the king's messengers, Jos 2:1-7; of the relation she gave them of the fear and dread of Israel, which were fallen upon the Canaanites, Jos 2:8-11; and of the request she made to them, to save her and her father's house, when the city should be taken, and to have a sure sign of it given her, Jos 2:12,13; which the spies solemnly promised, and gave her a sign of it, with a charge not to discover the matter to any, Jos 2:14-20; and being let down by a cord through the window of her house, they made their escape to a mountain, where they lay three days, and then returned to Joshua, and made their report, Jos 2:21-24.

Joshua 2:8-11 In-Context

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 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 lay down for the night, she went up on the roof
9 and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given you this land 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 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 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.”

Cross References 13

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 22:8; Judges 16:27; 2 Samuel 16:22; Nehemiah 8:16; Isaiah 15:3; Isaiah 22:1; Jeremiah 32:29
  • 2. S Genesis 35:5; S Exodus 15:14; Exodus 23:27; Deuteronomy 2:25
  • 3. S Genesis 8:1; Exodus 14:21; Joshua 3:17; Psalms 74:15
  • 4. S Numbers 23:22
  • 5. S Numbers 21:21; Numbers 21:21,24,34-35
  • 6. S Genesis 10:16; S Genesis 14:7
  • 7. Joshua 9:10
  • 8. S Numbers 21:2
  • 9. S Genesis 42:28
  • 10. S Deuteronomy 2:25; Psalms 107:26; John 1:5
  • 11. Exodus 15:14; Joshua 5:1; Joshua 7:5; 2 Samuel 4:1; Psalms 22:14; Isaiah 13:7; Isaiah 19:1; Jeremiah 51:30; Nahum 2:10
  • 12. 2 Kings 5:15; 2 Kings 19:15; Daniel 6:26
  • 13. S Genesis 14:19; S Numbers 20:14; Deuteronomy 4:39

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or "the Sea of Reeds"
  • [b]. The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
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