2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of a 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.
(a) Which was in the plain of Moab near Jordan.
2:3 And the king of Jericho
sent unto Rahab, saying, b 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.
(b) Though the wicked see the hand of God on
them, they do not repent, but seek how they may by their power and policy
resist his working.
she had brought them up to the c roof of
the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order
upon the roof.
(c) Meaning, on the house: for then their houses
were flat above, so that they might do their business on it.
she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that
your d terror is fallen upon us, and
that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
(d) For so God promised, (Deuteronomy
2:11 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 e
the LORD your God, he [is] God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
(e) In this the great mercy of God appears, that
in this common destruction he would draw a most miserable sinner to repent,
and confess his Name.
And the men answered her, f 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.
(f) We warrant you on pain of our lives.
2:16 And she said unto them,
Get you to the g mountain, lest the
pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be
returned: and afterward may ye go your way.
(g) which was near to the city.
2:17 And the men said unto her, h
We [will be] blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
(h) We will be released from our oath if you
perform this condition that follows for so shall you and yours be delivered.
2:19 And it shall be, [that]
whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, i
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.
(i) He shall be guilty of his own death.
2:20 And if thou utter this our k
business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
(k) So that others should think to escape by the