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And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to
secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and
came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there
men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the
And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth
men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for
they be come to search out all the country.
And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said
There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:
And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate,
it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not:
pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.
But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and
them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the
And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the
and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut
And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon
And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given
the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the
inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the
for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings
of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og,
whom ye utterly destroyed.
And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did
neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you:
for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth
Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since
have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my
father's house, and give me a true token:
And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and
brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our
lives from death.
And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter
this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the
land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for
house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest
pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the
pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way.
And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this
oath which thou hast made us swear.
Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this
scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou
shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy
father's household, home unto thee.
And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors
house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will
be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood
shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.
And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit
thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she
them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the
And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there
days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them
throughout all the way, but found them not.
So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain,
passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all
things that befell them:
And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered
our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do
faint because of us.
Orthodox Library, Holy Tuesday, 2008.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, Kelly,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!