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1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ aassistant, saying: 2 b“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 cEvery place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 dFrom the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 eNo man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; fas I was with Moses, so gI will be with you. hI will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 iBe strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall 1divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law jwhich Moses My servant commanded you; kdo not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may 2prosper wherever you go. 8 lThis Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but myou 3shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 nHave I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; odo not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for pwithin three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’ ”
12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh Joshua spoke, saying, 13 “Remember qthe word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is giving you rest and is giving you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan. But you shall 4pass before your brethren armed, all your mighty men of valor, and help them, 15 until the Lord has given your brethren rest, as He gave you, and they also have taken possession of the land which the Lord your God is giving them. rThen you shall return to the land of your possession and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord’s servant gave you on this side of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”
16 So they answered Joshua, saying, “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God sbe with you, as He was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.”
So they went, and bcame to the house of a harlot named cRahab, and 2lodged there. 2 And dit was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.”
4 eThen the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.” 6 (But fshe had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.) 7 Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued 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: g“I know that the Lord has given you the land, that hthe terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land iare fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord jdried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and kwhat you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you lutterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we mheard these things, nour hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for othe Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I beg you, pswear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to qmy father’s house, and rgive me 3a true token, 13 and sspare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”
14 So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that twe will deal kindly and truly with you.”
15 Then she ulet them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall. 16 And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.”
17 So the men said to her: “We will be vblameless 4of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, 18 wunless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, xand unless you 5bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home. 19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be 6guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, yhis 7blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20 And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be 8free from your oath which you made us swear.”
22 They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them. 23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them. 24 And they said to Joshua, “Truly zthe Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.”
give as a possession
have success or act wisely
you shall be constantly in
cross over ahead of
Lit. lay down
a pledge of truth
free from obligation to this oath
free from obligation
guilt of bloodshed
free from obligation to
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