Rahab receiveth and concealeth the two spies sent from Shittim.
Joshua 2:1 Then Iosua the sonne of Nun sent out of Settim two spyes secretly saying: go & vewe the land & also Iericho. And they went, & came into a harlottes house named Rahab, and lodged there. Joshua 2:2 And it was told the Kyng of Iericho, saying: Beholde there came men in hyther to nyght, of the chyldren of Israel, to spye oute the countreye. Joshua 2:3 And the kyng of Iericho sent vnto Rahab, sayinge: brynge forth the men that are come to þe, which are entred into thyne house: for they be come to searche out all the lande. Joshua 2:4 And the woman toke the two men & hyd them. And sayde: in deade there came men vnto me but I wote not whence they were. Joshua 2:5 And about the tyme of the shuttynge of the gate when it was darcke, they went out, whether they wente I wote not: but folowe after them quickly, & ye shal take them. Joshua 2:6 And she brought them vp vpon the roofe of the house, & hydde them vnder flaxe (yet in the stalckes) which she had lyinge abroade vpon the roofe. Joshua 2:7 And the men pursued after them, the waye to Iordan euen vnto the passage, and as sone as they which pursued after them were gone out, thei shutte the gates immediatlye.
The covenant between her and them.
Joshua 2:8 And or euer they were a slepe, she came vp vnto them vpon the roofe, Joshua 2:9 and sayde vnto the men. I knowe that the Lorde hath geuen you the lande, bothe because that the feare of you is fallen vpon vs, and because that the enhabyters of the lande faynt at youre commyng. Joshua 2:10 For we haue hearde how the Lorde dried vp þe water of the red sea before you, when you came out of Egypte, & what you dyd vnto the two kinges of the Amorytes on the other syde Iordan Sehon, and Og, which ye vtterlye destroyed. Joshua 2:11 And as sone as we had hearde these thynges, our hertes dyd faynte. And there remayned no more courage in any man for feare of youre commynge. For the Lorde your God, he is the GOD in heauen aboue: and on the earth beneth. Joshua 2:12 Now therfore sweare vnto me by the Lorde because I haue shewed you mercye, that ye shall also shewe mercye vnto my fathers house, and geue me a true token. Joshua 2:13 And þt ye shall saue a lyue, boeth my father, and my mother, my brethren, and my systers, and all that pertayne vnto them. And that ye shall delyuer oure soules from death. Joshua 2:14 And the men aunswered her: our lyues for you to dye, yf ye vtter not thys oure communicacyon. And so when the Lorde hath geuen vs the lande, we wyll deale mercyfully and truely wyth the. Joshua 2:15 And then she let them doune wyth a coorde thorowe a wyndowe. For her house stode in the toune wall. And she dwelte in the towne wall. Joshua 2:16 And she sayde vnto them: get you into the mountaynes, least the followers mete you, and hyde yourselues there .iij. dayes, vntyll the pursuars be returned, & then maye ye go youre wayes. Joshua 2:17 And the men sayde vnto her: we will be blamelesse of thy othe, which thou hast made vs sweare. Joshua 2:18 Beholde, when we come into the land, thou shalt bynde thys purple threden coorde in the wyndowe, which thou lettest vs doune by. And thou shalte brynge thy father, thy mother, thy brethren, and all thy fathers housholde, euen into the house to the. Joshua 2:19 And then whosoeuer go oute at the dores of thy house, into the strete, hys bloud shalbe vpon hys owne head, and we giltlesse. And whosoeuer shalbe wyth the in the house, hys bloude be on oure heades yf any mannes hande be vpon hym: Joshua 2:20 And euen so yf thou vtter these oure wordes, we wylbe quyte of thy othe which thou haste made vs sweare. Joshua 2:21 And she sayde accordyng vnto your wordes so be it: and so sent them away, and they departed. And she bounde the purple coorde in the wyndowe. Joshua 2:22 And they departed, and gotte them into the mountaynes, and there aboade thre dayes vntyll the pursuars were returned. And the pursuars sought thorowout al the waye, & found them not.
Their return and relation.
Joshua 2:23 And the two men returned & descended from the mountayn, and passed ouer, and came to Iosua the sonne of Nun, and tolde hym all that had chaunged them. Joshua 2:24 And they sayde vnto Iosua: the Lorde hathe delyuered into oure handes all the lande, for all the inhabyters of the countreye faynt for feare of vs.