Joshua's spies visit Rahab
And 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.
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.
Joshua sent two men to spy on the city of Jericho, saying,
Go take a look at Jericho.
So the men went to Jericho and stayed at the house of a harlot named Rahab. 
And 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.
When the king of Jericho found out, he sent Rahab a message, saying,
Bring out the men who are staying with you.
And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto
me, but I wist not
whence they were:
And 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
Rahab told the king's men,
The men came to me , but I don't know where they were from.
They left when it was still dark. Hurry and you can catch them. 
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.
And 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.
And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
But she had hidden them on the roof of the house.
And 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.
Rahab said to the Hebrew spies,
I know that God has given you our land, and that everyone is terrorized by you.
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 unto the two kings of the
Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly
We heard how God dried up the Red Sea, and what you did to Og and Sihon. 
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.
As soon as we heard these things our hearts melted, because your god is the god of heaven and earth.
Now 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 token:
So, now swear to God that you'll be kind to me, since I have been kind to you.
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.
Don't kill me and my family.
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 thee.
Joshua's men said to her,
Okay, when God gives us the land, we won't kill you or your family.
Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was
upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
Rahab lowered them with a rope through the window, since her house was on the town wall. [6
And 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.
She said to them,
Go to the mountain and stay there for three days, then you can be on your way.
And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which
thou hast made us swear.
The men said to her,
We will do as we swore we'd do.
Behold, 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.
Put a scarlet thread in your window.
And 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.
When we come to Jericho, we'll see the thread, and we'll know not to kill anyone in your house.
And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath
which thou hast made us to swear.
But don't tell anyone about our business.
If you do, we won't be bound by our oath.
And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away,
and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.
And when the men left, she put a scarlet thread in her window.
And 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.
Joshua's men went to the mountain and stayed there for three days.
The men who were searching for them didn't find them.
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:
And 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
Then the men went down the mountain, returned to Joshua, and said to him,
God has delivered them into our hands.
They're all afraid of us.
- They went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. (v.1)
Mathew's gospel includes Rahab as an ancestor of Jesus. (The mother of Booz, David's great grandfather.
- There came men unto me. (v.4)
The phrase "came unto me" is often a biblical euphemism for sexual intercourse, and
since Rahab was a "harlot", there might have been some of that going on here.
- The men went out: whither the men went I wot not. (v.5)
Rahab lies to those who were searching for
Joshua's spies. Lying is condemned several places in the Bible, but Rahab is
rewarded by God by being spared during the destruction of Jericho (Joshua 6:25). And in James (2:24),
Rahab is also praised for lying. So the Bible both condemns and approves of lying.
Is it wrong to lie?
- What ye did unto ... Sihon and Og (v.10)
31. God hardens king Sihon's heart so that all his people can be killed
32. Og and all the men, women, and children in 60 cities
- The LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. (v.11)
Who is the Lord of the earth?
- Her house was upon the town wall. (v.15)
Since Rahab's house was built on the wall, how did she and her family survive when the wall fell down?
(See Joshua 6:20)
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