1And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two young men to spy the land, saying, Go up and view the land and Jericho: and the two young men went and entered into Jericho; and they entered into the house of a harlot, whose name was Rahab, and lodged there.
2And it was reported to the king of Jericho, saying, Men of the sons of Israel have come in hither to spy the land.
3And the king of Jericho sent and spoke to Rahab, saying, Bring out the men that entered into thy house this night; for they are come to spy out the land.
4And the woman took the two men and hid them; and she spoke to the messengers, saying, The men came in to me,
5but when the gate was shut in the evening, the men went out; I know not whither they are gone: follow after them, if ye may overtake them.
6But she had brought them up upon the house, and hid them in the flax stalks that were spread by her on the house.
7And the men followed after them in the way to Jordan to the fords; and the gate was shut.
8And it came to pass when the men who pursued after them were gone forth, and before the spies had lain down to sleep, that she came up to them on the top of the house;
9and she said to them, I know that the Lord has given you the land; for the fear of you has fallen upon us.
10For we have heard that the Lord God dried up the Red Sea before you, when ye came out of the land of Egypt, and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, who were beyond Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
11And when we heard it we were amazed in our heart, and there was no longer any spirit in any of us because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above, and on the earth beneath.
12And now swear to me by the Lord God; since I deal mercifully with you, so do ye also deal mercifully with the house of my father:
13and save alive the house of my father, my mother, and my brethren, and all my house, and all that they have, and ye shall rescue my soul from death.
14And the men said to her, Our life for yours even to death: and she said, When the Lord shall have delivered the city to you, ye shall deal mercifully and truly with me.
15And she let them down by the window;
16and she said to them, Depart into the hill country, lest the pursuers meet you, and ye shall be hidden there three days until your pursuers return from after you, and afterward ye shall depart on your way.
17And the men said to her, We are clear of this thy oath.
18Behold, we shall enter into a part of the city, and thou shalt set a sign; thou shalt bind this scarlet cord in the window, by which thou hast let us down, and thou shalt bring in to thyself, into thy house, thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all the family of thy father.
19And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall go outside the door of thy house, his guilt shall be upon him, and we shall be quit of this thine oath; and we will be responsible for all that shall be found with thee in thy house.
20But if anyone should injure us, or betray these our matters, we shall be quit of this thine oath.
21And she said to them, Let it be according to your word; and she sent them out, and they departed.
22And they came to the hill country, and remained there three days; and the pursuers searched all the roads, and found them not.
23And the two young men returned, and came down out of the mountain; and they went over to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that had happened to them.
24And they said to Joshua, The Lord has delivered all the land into our power, and all the inhabitants of that land tremble because of us.