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.
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
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 overtake 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;
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast
made us swear.
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.
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
And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou
hast made us to swear.
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 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
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 of us.