Joshua 2:6-11

6 But 1she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them in the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof.
7 So the men pursued them on the road to the Jordan to the fords; and as soon as those who were pursuing them had gone out, they shut the gate.
8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,
9 and said to the men, "2I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the 3terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before * you.
10 "4For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red * Sea before * you when you came out of Egypt, and 5what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.
11 "When we heard it, 6our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because * of you; for the 7LORD your God, He is God in heaven above * and on earth beneath *.

Joshua 2:6-11 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 2:6-11 In-Context

4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.
5 "It came about when it was time to shut the gate at dark, that the men went out; I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them."
6 But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them in the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof.
7 So the men pursued them on the road to the Jordan to the fords; and as soon as those who were pursuing them had gone out, they shut the gate.
8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,
9 and said to the men, "I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you.
10 "For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.
11 "When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath .
12 "Now therefore, please swear to me by the LORD , since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father's household, and give me a pledge of truth,
13 and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death."

Cross References 7

  • 1. James 2:25
  • 2. Numbers 20:24; Joshua 9:24
  • 3. Exodus 23:27; Deuteronomy 2:25; Joshua 9:9, 10
  • 4. Exodus 14:21; Numbers 23:22; Numbers 24:8
  • 5. Numbers 21:21-35
  • 6. Joshua 5:1; Joshua 7:5; Psalms 22:14; Isaiah 13:7; Isaiah 19:1
  • 7. Deuteronomy 4:39

Footnotes 5