8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof

Other Translations of Joshua 2:8

King James Version

8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;

English Standard Version

8 Before the menHebrew they lay down, she came up to them on the roof

The Message

8 Before the spies were down for the night, the woman came up to them on the roof

New King James Version

8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,

New Living Translation

8 Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Joshua 2:8

Commentary on Joshua 2:8-21

(Read Joshua 2:8-21)

Rahab had heard of the miracles the Lord wrought for Israel. She believed that his promises would certainly be fulfilled, and his threatenings take effect; and that there was no way of escape but by submitting to him, and joining with his people. The conduct of Rahab proved that she had the real principle of Divine faith. Observe the promises the spies made to her. The goodness of God is often expressed by his kindness and truth, Psalm 117:2; in both these we must be followers of him. Those who will be conscientious in keeping promises, are cautious in making them. The spies make needful conditions. The scarlet cord, like the blood upon the doorpost at the passover, recalls to remembrance the sinner's security under the atoning blood of Christ; and that we are to flee thereto for refuge from the wrath of a justly offended God. The same cord Rahab used for the saving of these Israelites, was to be used for her own safety. What we serve and honour God with, we may expect he will bless, and make useful to us.