Joshua Chapter 2

Joshua Chapter 2 relates the tale of Rahab and the Israelite spies inside the city of Jericho.

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Joshua Sends Spies to Jericho

Joshua ordered two of his spies to venture to Jericho and the surrounding area. He asked them to look over the land and then report back to him any information that might prove useful. During their investigation, the two spies opted to visit a house of prostitution and entered the room of a prostitute named Rahab.

Rahab Hides the Spies

The King of Jericho learned of what had occurred so he sent message to Rahab for her to lead out the two spies who visited her. Rahab did not turn the two men in. Instead, Rahab hid the two men on top of the roof of her house. She said the men had left and were probably beyond the city gates by now. The only way to find them was to chase after them before they got too far away. The king’s men took her at her word.

Rahab’s Fear of the Lord

Rahab then went up to the roof to speak with the two spies. She mentioned to them that all the people in Jericho were fearful of the God of Israel. They heard the tales of how He crushed the Egyptians in the Red Sea and more. The people now quaked with fear at the mention of the Lord.

Rahab Asks for Mercy

Rahab asked the spies to show mercy to her and her family. She would let the spies go and allow them to escape, but she asked for their kindness. The spies told her to stay in her home and keep her family with her. They told her that if blood runs in the streets of Jericho and her family is in her house, they would be spared.

The spies returned to Joshua and told him the land was theirs for the taking because the people feared the Israelites and their God.

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Joshua 2 (King James Version)

1 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.

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.

3 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.

4 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:

5 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 overtake them.

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.

7 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.

8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;

9 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.

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 unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

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.

12 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:

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.

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 thee.

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 wall.

16 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.

17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.

18 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.

19 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.

20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

21 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.

22 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.

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:

24 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 of us.

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