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Yehoshua/Joshua  2:1 - 2:24

Chapter 2

1 Joshua son of Nun dispatched from Shittim two men, spies, secretly saying, "Go observe the Land and Jericho." So they traveled and came to the house of a woman innkeeper whose name was Rahab, and they slept there.

2 It was told to the king of Jericho saying, "Behold! — men have come here tonight from the Children of Israel to search out the land."

3 The king of Jericho then sent to Rahab, saying, "Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out the entire land."

4 The woman had taken the two men and had hidden them; so she said, "True, the men did come to me, but I did not know from where they were.  5 When the [city] gate was to close at dark, the men left; I do not know where the men went; chase after them quickly for you can overtake them."  6 But she had brought them up to the roof and had hidden them in the stalks of flax that she had arranged on the roof.  7 So the men chased after them in the direction of the Jordan to the fords; they closed the gate soon after the pursuers had gone out after them.

8 They had not yet gone to sleep when she came up to them on the roof.  9 And she said to the men, "I know that Hashem has given you the Land, and that your terror has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the Land have melted because of you.  10 For we have heard how Hashem dried up the water of the Sea of Reeds before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two Amorite kings across the Jordan — to Sihon and to Og — whom you utterly destroyed.  11 When we heard, our hearts melted — no spirit is left in man because of you, for Hashem, your God, He is God in the heavens above and on the earth below.  12 And now, please swear to me by Hashem — since I have done kindness with you — that you too will do kindness with my father's house and give me an authentic countersign.  13 Keep alive my father, and my mother, and my brothers, and my sisters, and all that they have, and rescue our souls from death."

14 The men said to her, "Our soul is in your place to die, if you do not reveal this discussion of ours; then it will be when Hashem gives us the Land, we will deal with you in kindness and truth."  15 And she lowered them by the rope through the window, for her house was in a wall of the fortification and in the fortification she lived.  16 She said to them, "Go to the mountain lest your pursuers meet you; hide there for a threeday period until the pursuers return; then you may go on your way."

17 The men said to her, "We shall be clean from this oath of yours which you made us swear.  18 Behold! — when we come into the Land this scarlet cord shall you bind in the window from which you lowered us; and your father, and your mother, and your brothers, and all your father's household shall you gather to you in the house.  19 Then it will be that anyone who leaves the doors of your house for the outside, his blood guilt shall be upon his own head; we will be clean; but anyone who will be with you inside the house, his blood guilt shall be on our head, if a hand is upon him.  20 And if you will tell of this discussion of ours, we will be clean from your oath that you have made us swear."

21 She said, "Like your words, so it is," and she sent them away, and they went; and she tied the scarlet cord to the window.

22 And they went, and they came to the mountain and stayed there for a three-day period, until the pursuers returned; the pursuers sought along the entire way but they did not find.

23 The two men returned and descended from the mountain; they crossed over [the Jordan] and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him all that happened to them.  24 They said to Joshua, "For Hashem has given all the Land into our hands; also, all the inhabitants of the Land have melted before us."

 


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