Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went,
and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out
3And the king of Jericho sent
unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search
out all the country.
4And the woman took the
two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:
5And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark,
that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.
6But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks
of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.
the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they
shut the gate.
8And before they were laid
down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all
the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the
two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
11And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there
remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
12Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me
by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true
13And 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.
14And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business.
And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
15Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the
town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers
be returned: and afterward may ye go your way.
the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
18Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread
in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all
thy father's household, home unto thee.
it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and
we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.
20And if thou utter this our business, then
we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in
22And they went, and came unto
the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the
way, but found them not.
23So the two men
returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that
24And they said unto Joshua,
Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of