New Amharic Standard Version

ኢያሱ 2:1-24

ረዓብና እስራኤላውያን ሰላዮች

1ከዚያም የነዌ ልጅ ኢያሱ፣ “ሄዳችሁ ምድሪቱን፣ በተለይም የኢያሪኮን ከተማ ሰልሉ” ብሎ ከሰጢም ሁለት ሰላዮች በስውር ላከ፤ ሰዎቹም ሄደው ረዓብ ከተባለች ጋለ ሞታ2፥1 ምናልባትም፣ “የሆቴል ቤት” ተጠቃሚ ቤት ገቡ፤ በዚያም ዐደሩ።

2ለኢያሪኮም ንጉሥ፣ “እነሆ፤ ምድሪቱን ሊሰልሉ ጥቂት እስራኤላውያን በሌሊት ወደዚህ መጥተዋል” ተብሎ ተነገረው። 3የኢያሪኮም ንጉሥ፣ “ወደ አንቺ መጥተው ወደ ቤትሽ የገቡት ሰዎች ምድሪቱን በሙሉ ለመሰለል ስለ ሆነ፣ እንድታስወጪአቸው” የሚል መልእክት ወደ ረዓብ ላከ።

4ሴቲቱ ግን ሁለቱን ሰዎች ተቀብላ ሸሽጋቸው ስለ ነበር፣ እንዲህ አለች፤ “በእርግጥ ሰዎቹ ወደ እኔ መጥተዋል፤ ነገር ግን ከወዴት እንደ መጡ አላውቅም። 5ጨልሞ የቅጥሩ በር ከመዘጋቱ በፊት ወጥተው ሄደዋል፤ በየት በኩል እንደሄዱ ግን እኔ አላውቅም፤ ልትደርሱባቸው ትችላላችሁና ፈጥናችሁ ተከታተሏቸው።” 6ነገር ግን ሰዎቹን ጣራ ላይ አውጥታ በረበረበችው የተልባ እግር ውስጥ ደብቃቸው ነበር። 7ሰዎቹም ሰላዮቹን በመከታተል ወደ ዮርዳኖስ መሻገሪያ የሚወስደውን መንገድ ይዘው ሄዱ፣ አሳዳጆቹ ወጥተው እንደሄዱም የቅጥሩ በር ተዘጋ።

8ሰላዮቹ ከመተኛታቸው በፊት ሴቲቱ ወደ ጣራው ወጥታ፣ 9እንዲህ አለቻቸው፤ “እግዚአብሔር ይህችን ምድር እንደሰጣችሁ፣ እናንተንም መፍራት እንዳደረብን፣ የዚህች አገር ነዋሪዎች ሁሉ ልባቸው በፊታችሁ መቅለጡንም ዐውቃለሁ። 10ከግብፅ በወጣችሁ ጊዜ እግዚአብሔር ቀይ ባሕርን2፥10 ዕብራይስጡ፣ “ያም ስውፍ” ይላል፤ ይኸውም የደንገል ባሕር ማለት ነው። በፊታችሁ እንዴት እንዳደረቀ፣ እናንተም ከዮርዳኖስ በስተ ምሥራቅ ፈጽሞ ያጠፋችኋቸውን2፥10 የዕብራይስጡ ቃል አንድን ሰው ወይም ነገር ሙሉ በሙሉ በማጥፋት ለእግዚአብሔር መስጠት ማለት ነው። ሁለቱን የአሞራውያን ነገሥታት፣ ሴዎንንና ዐግን ምን እንዳደረጋችኋቸው ሰምተናል። 11ይህን በሰማን ጊዜ ልባችን ቀለጠ፤ እናንተን ከመፍራት የተነሣም ያልተሸበረ ሰው አልነበረም፤ እግዚአብሔር አምላካችሁ በላይም በሰማይ፣ በታችም በምድር እርሱ አምላክ ነውና። 12እንግዲህ እኔ በጎነትን እንዳሳየኋችሁ ሁሉ፣ እናንተም በጎነትን ለአባቴ ቤት እንድታሳዩ በእግዚአብሔር ማሉልኝ፤ መተማመኛ የሚሆን ምልክትም ስጡኝ፤ 13የአባቴንና የእናቴን፣ የወንድሞቼንና የእኅቶቼን እንዲሁም የእነርሱ የሆነውን ነፍስ ሁሉ እንድታተርፉልኝ፤ ከሞትም አድኑን።”

14ሰዎቹም፣ “የእናንተን ሞት ለእኛ ያድርገው! እኛ የምናደርገውን ሁሉ ካልተናገራችሁ፣ እግዚአብሔር ምድሪቱን በሚሰጠን ጊዜ፣ በጎነትና ታማኝነት እናሳይሻለን” አሏት።

15መኖሪያ ቤቷ የከተማውን ቅጥር ተጠግቶ የተሠራ ስለ ነበር፣ ሰዎቹን በመስኮት አሾልካ በገመድ አወረደቻቸው። 16እርሷም፣ “የሚከታተሏችሁ ሰዎች እንዳያገኟችሁ፣ ወደ ኰረብታዎቹ ሂዱ፤ እነርሱ እስኪመለሱም ድረስ ሦስት ቀን በዚያ ተሸሸጉ፤ ከዚያ በኋላ መንገዳችሁን ትቀጥላላችሁ” አለቻቸው።

17ሰዎቹም እንዲህ አሏት፤ “ባማልሽን በዚህ መሓላ የምንያዘው፣ 18ወደ ምድሪቱ በገባን ጊዜ፣ ይህን ቀይ ፈትል እኛን ባወረ ድሽበት መስኮት ላይ አስረሽ ካንጠለጠልሽው፣ እንዲሁም አባትሽንና እናትሽን፣ ወንድሞችሽንና የአባትሽን ቤተ ሰዎች ሁሉ ወደ ቤትሽ ካመጣሻቸው ብቻ ነው። 19ማንም ከቤትሽ ወጥቶ መንገድ ላይ ቢገኝ፣ ደሙ በራሱ ላይ ነው፤ እኛ አንጠየቅበትም፤ ነገር ግን ከአንቺ ጋር እቤት ውስጥ ያለ ማንኛውም ሰው ከተነካ የደሙ ባለ ዕዳ እኛ እንሆናለን። 20እኛ የምናደርገውን ብትናገሪ ግን፣ ካስማልሽን መሐላ ነጻ እንሆናለን።”

21እርሷም፣ “ይሁን፤ ባላችሁት ተስማምቻለሁ” ስትል መለሰች፤ ከዚያም ሰደደቻቸው፤ እነርሱም ሄዱ፤ ቀይ ፈትሉንም በመስኮቷ ላይ አንጠለጠለችው።

22እነርሱም ወጥተው ወደ ኰረብቶቹ ሄዱ፤ የሚከታተሏቸውም ሰዎች በየመንገዱ ሁሉ ላይ ፈልገውና አጥተው እስኪመለሱ ድረስ፣ ሦስት ቀን በዚያው ተሸሸጉ። 23ሁለቱም ሰላዮች ተመለሱ፤ ከኰረብቶቹም ወርደው ወንዙን በመሻገር፣ ወደ ነዌ ልጅ ወደ ኢያሱ መጥተው ያጋጠማቸውን ነገር ሁሉ ነገሩት። 24ለኢያሱም፣ “በእርግጥ እግዚአብሔር ምድሪቱን በሙሉ በእጃችን አሳልፎ ሰጥቶናል፤ በዚያ የሚኖረውም ሕዝብ ሁሉ እኛን ከመፍራቱ የተነሣ ልቡ መቅለጡን አይተናል” አሉት።

New International Reader’s Version

Joshua 2:1-24

Rahab Helps the Spies

1Joshua, the son of Nun, sent two spies from Shittim. He sent them in secret. He said to them, “Go and look over the land. Most of all, check out Jericho.” So they went to Jericho. They stayed at the house of a prostitute. Her name was Rahab.

2The king of Jericho was told, “Look! Some of the Israelites have come here tonight. They’ve come to check out the land.” 3So the king sent a message to Rahab. It said, “Bring out the men who came into your house. They’ve come to check out the whole land.”

4But the woman had hidden the two men. She said, “It’s true that the men came here. But I didn’t know where they had come from. 5They left at sunset, when it was time to close the city gate. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You might catch up with them.” 6But in fact she had taken them up on the roof. There she had hidden them under some flax she had piled up. 7The king’s men left to hunt down the spies. They took the road that leads to where the Jordan River can be crossed. As soon as they had gone out of the city, the gate was shut.

8Rahab went up on the roof before the spies settled down for the night. 9She said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land. We are very much afraid of you. Everyone who lives in this country is weak with fear because of you. 10We’ve heard how the Lord dried up the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt. We’ve heard what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings. They ruled east of the Jordan River. You completely destroyed them. 11When we heard about it, we were terrified. Because of you, we aren’t brave anymore. The Lord your God is the God who rules in heaven above and on the earth below.

12“Now then, please give me your word. Promise me in the name of the Lord that you will be kind to my family. I’ve been kind to you. Promise me 13that you will spare the lives of my father and mother. Spare my brothers and sisters. Also spare everyone in their families. Promise that you won’t put any of us to death.”

14So the men made a promise to her. “If you save our lives, we’ll save yours,” they said. “Just don’t tell anyone what we’re doing. Then we’ll be kind and faithful to you when the Lord gives us the land.”

15The house Rahab lived in was part of the city wall. So she let the spies down by a rope through the window. 16She said to them, “Go up into the hills. The men chasing you won’t be able to find you. Hide yourselves there for three days until they return. Then you can go on your way.”

17The spies had said to her, “You made us give our word. But we won’t keep our promise 18unless you do what we say. When we enter the land, you must tie this bright red rope in the window. Tie it in the window you let us down through. Bring your father and mother into your house. Also bring in your brothers and everyone else in your family. 19None of you must go out into the street. If you do, anything that happens to you will be your own fault. We won’t be responsible. But if anyone hurts someone who is inside the house with you, it will be our fault. We will be responsible. 20Don’t tell anyone what we’re doing. If you do, we won’t have to keep the promise you asked us to make.”

21“I agree,” Rahab replied. “I’ll do as you say.”

So she sent them away, and they left. Then she tied the bright red rope in the window.

22When the spies left, they went up into the hills. They stayed there for three days. By that time the men chasing them had searched all along the road. They couldn’t find them. So they returned. 23Then the two spies started back. They went down out of the hills. They went across the Jordan River. They came to Joshua, the son of Nun. They told him everything that had happened to them. 24They said, “We’re sure the Lord has given the whole land over to us. All the people there are weak with fear because of us.”