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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.”
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