Bible: Joshua 2:1-21
Joshua Sends Spies into the Land
2:1 Joshua son of Nun sent two spies out from Shittim secretly and instructed them: 1 “Find out what you can about the land, especially Jericho.” 2 They stopped at the house of a prostitute named Rahab and spent the night there. 3 2:2 The king of Jericho received this report: “Note well! 4 Israelite men have come here tonight 5 to spy on the land.” 2:3 So the king of Jericho sent this order to Rahab: 6 “Turn over 7 the men who came to you 8 – the ones who came to your house 9 – for they have come to spy on the whole land!” 2:4 But the woman hid the two men 10 and replied, “Yes, these men were clients of mine, 11 but I didn’t know where they came from. 2:5 When it was time to shut the city gate for the night, the men left. 12 I don’t know where they were heading. Chase after them quickly, for you have time to catch them!” 2:6 (Now she had taken them up to the roof and had hidden them in the stalks of flax she had spread out 13 on the roof.) 2:7 Meanwhile 14 the king’s men tried to find them on the road to the Jordan River 15 near the fords. 16 The city gate was shut as soon as they set out in pursuit of them. 17
2:8 Now before the spies 18 went to sleep, Rahab 19 went up 20 to the roof. 2:9 She said to the men, “I know the
2:15 Then Rahab 36 let them down by a rope 37 through the window. (Her 38 house was built as part of the city wall; she lived in the wall.) 39 2:16 She told them, “Head 40 to the hill country, so the ones chasing you don’t find you. 41 Hide from them there for three days, long enough for those chasing you 42 to return. Then you can be on your way.” 2:17 The men said to her, “We are not bound by this oath you made us swear unless the following conditions are met: 43 2:18 When we invade the land 44 , tie this red rope 45 in the window through which you let us down, and gather together in your house your father, mother, brothers, and all who live in your father’s house. 46 2:19 Anyone who leaves your house will be responsible for his own death – we are innocent in that case! 47 But if anyone with you in the house is harmed, we will be responsible. 48 2:20 If you should report what we’ve been up to, 49 we are not bound by this oath you made us swear.” 2:21 She said, “I agree to these conditions.” 50 She sent them on their way 51 and then tied the red rope in the window.