King James VersionJoshua2


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.