Joshua 2:1–12

Rahab and the Spies

2 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spiesu from Shittim.v “Go, look overw the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.x” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahaby and stayed there.

The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab:z “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”

But the woman had taken the two mena and hidden them.b She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate,c they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.”d (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flaxe she had laid out on the roof.)f So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan,g and as soon as the pursuersh had gone out, the gate was shut.

Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roofi and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fearj 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 upk the water of the Red Seaa for you when you came out of Egypt,l and what you did to Sihon and Og,m the two kings of the Amoritesn east of the Jordan,o whom you completely destroyed.b p 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fearq and everyone’s courage failedr because of you,s for the Lord your Godt is God in heaven above and on the earthu below.

12 “Now then, please swear to mev by the Lord that you will show kindnessw to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure signx

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