2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent from Shittim two men to spy
secretly, saying, Go, view the land, even Jericho. And they
went, and came into the house of a harlot, named Rahab, and
2:2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there
came men in hither to-night of the children of Israel, to
search out the country.
2:3 And the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, Bring forth
the men that have come to thee, who have entered into thy
house: for they have come to search out all the country.
2:4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus,
There came men to me, but I knew not whence they [were]:
2:5 And it came to pass [about the time] of shutting the gate,
when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went,
I know not: pursue after them quickly; for ye will overtake
2:6 But 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.
2:7 And the men pursued them the way to Jordan to the fords: and
as soon as they who pursued them had gone out, they shut the
2:8 And before they had lain down, she came up to them upon the
2:9 And she said to the men, I know that the LORD hath given you
the land, and that your terror hath fallen upon us, and that
all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
2:10 For 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 to
the two kings of the Amorites, that [were] on the other side of
Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
2:11 And 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.
2:12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear to me by the LORD, since I
have showed you kindness, that ye will also show kindness to my
father's house, and give me a true token:
2:13 And [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.
2:14 And 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
2:15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for
her house [was] upon the town-wall, and she dwelt upon the
2:16 And she said to them, Depart to the mountain, lest the
pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until
the pursuers have returned: and afterward ye may go your way.
2:17 And the men said to her, We [will be] blameless of this thy
oath which thou hast made us swear.
2:18 Behold, [when] we come into the land, thou shalt bind this
line of scarlet thread in the window by which thou didst let us
down: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy
brethren, and all thy father's household home to thee.
2:19 And it shall be, [that] whoever 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 whoever shall be with
thee in the house, his blood [shall be] on our head, if [any]
hand be upon him.
2:20 And if thou shalt utter this our business, then we will be
quit of thy oath which thou hast made us to swear.
2:21 And she said, According to your words, so [be] it. And she
sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet
line in the window.
2:22 And they went, and came to the mountain, and abode there
three days, until the pursuers had returned: and the pursuers
sought [them] throughout all the way, but found [them] not.
2:23 So 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 befell them:
2:24 And they said to Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into
our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the
country do faint because of us.