New International Version - UK

Joshua 2

Rahab and the spies

1Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. ‘Go, look over the land,’ he said, ‘especially Jericho.’ So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

The king of Jericho was told, ‘Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.’ So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: ‘Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.’

But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, ‘Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.’ (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.

Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, ‘I know that the Lord has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea[a] for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.[b] 11 When we heard of it, our hearts sank[c] and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

12 ‘Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them – and that you will save us from death.’

14 ‘Our lives for your lives!’ the men assured her. ‘If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.’

15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 16 She said to them, ‘Go to the hills so that the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there for three days until they return, and then go on your way.’

17 Now the men had said to her, ‘This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us 18 unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. 19 If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads; we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on them. 20 But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.’

21 ‘Agreed,’ she replied. ‘Let it be as you say.’

So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

22 When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days, until the pursuers had searched all along the road and returned without finding them. 23 Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them. 24 They said to Joshua, ‘The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.’

Notas al pie

  1. Joshua 2:10 Or the Sea of Reeds
  2. Joshua 2:10 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.
  3. Joshua 2:11 Hebrew melted in fear.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约书亚记 2

喇合营救探子

1嫩的儿子约书亚暗中从什亭派出两个探子去侦察对岸,特别是耶利哥的情况。他们来到一个名叫喇合的妓女家中,就住在那里。 有人告诉耶利哥王说:“今天晚上有以色列人来这里刺探。” 耶利哥王便派人到喇合那里,对她说:“把来到你家里的人交出来,因为他们是来刺探我们的。” 但喇合已经把二人藏起来了,她答道:“不错,他们来过,可是我不知他们是从哪里来的。 天黑要关闭城门的时候,他们就离开了,我不知道他们去了哪里。你们快去追吧,还可以追得上。” 其实喇合已经把二人带到屋顶上,藏在那里的麻秆堆里了。 搜查的人便沿着通往约旦河渡口的路追去,他们一出城,城门便关闭了。

在两个探子睡觉前,喇合上到屋顶对他们说: “我知道耶和华已经把这地方赐给你们,我们十分害怕。这里所有的居民都吓得胆战心惊。 10 因为你们离开埃及过红海的时候,耶和华怎样使红海在你们面前成为干地,你们怎样对付约旦河东的两个亚摩利王西宏和噩,怎样把他们彻底消灭,我们都听说了。 11 我们听了这些事,感到心惊胆战、勇气尽失。你们的上帝耶和华是天地万物的上帝。 12 我既然恩待了你们,现在请你们凭耶和华向我起誓,你们也照样恩待我家,并且给我一个可靠的凭据, 13 保证让我的父母、兄弟、姐妹和他们所有的亲人免于一死。” 14 二人便对她说:“如果你不泄露我们的事,我们愿意用性命担保,当耶和华把这地方赐给我们的时候,我们一定守信善待你。”

15 喇合的房子就在城墙边,她就住在城墙上,于是她用绳子把二人从窗口缒下去, 16 并对他们说:“你们往山上去,免得被追捕的人发现。你们要在那里躲三天,等追捕的人回城以后才可以走。” 17 二人对她说:“要让我们信守誓言,你必须这样做, 18 我们来攻占这座城的时候,你要把这条朱红色的绳子系在缒我们下去的窗户上,并且把你的父母、兄弟、姊妹和他们的亲人都召集到你家里。 19 倘若有人因离开这房子跑到街上而遭遇不测,我们不负任何责任。我们一定保证屋内所有人的性命安全。 20 如果你泄露我们的事,你要我们起的誓也就作废了。” 21 喇合答道:“一言为定!”于是她送走他们,把朱红色的绳子系在窗户上。

22 二人到山上躲藏了三天,等待追捕的人回去。追捕的人沿途搜索,毫无所获,便回去了。 23 二人便下山,过河回到嫩的儿子约书亚那里,向他禀告整个经过, 24 又说:“耶和华确实将那整片土地交给我们了,那里的居民听到我们的消息,都吓得胆战心惊。”