Joshua 2:1-14 & 6:15-17, 22-23
Easter Vigil – A Women’s Lectionary
2:1 Then JoshuaI sonII of NunIII sentIV
twoV menVI secretlyVII from ShittimVIII as spies,IX
saying, “Go,X viewXI the land,XII especially Jericho.”XIII
So they went, and enteredXIV the houseXV of aXVI prostituteXVII
whose nameXVIII was Rahab,XIX and spent the nightXX there.
2 The kingXXI of Jericho was told, “XXIISomeXXIII IsraelitesXXIV
have comeXXV hereXXVI tonightXXVII to search outXXVIII the land.”
3 Then the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab, “Bring outXXIX the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come only to search out the wholeXXX land.”
4 But the womanXXXI tookXXXII the two men and hidXXXIII them.
Then she said, “True,XXXIV the men came to me, but I did not knowXXXV where they came from. 5 AndXXXVI when it was time
to closeXXXVII the gateXXXVIII at dark,XXXIX the men went out.XL Where the men went I do not know.
PursueXLI them quickly,XLII for you can overtakeXLIII them.” 6 She had, however, brought them upXLIV to the roofXLV and hiddenXLVI them
with the stalksXLVII of flaxXLVIII that she had laid outXLIX on the roof.
7 So the men pursued them on the wayL to the JordanLI as far as the fords.LII As soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.LIII
8 Before they went to sleep,LIV she came up to them on the roof 9 and said to the men: “I know that the LordLV has givenLVI you the land, and that dreadLVII of you has fallenLVIII on us,
and that allLIX the inhabitantsLX of the land melt in fearLXI beforeLXII you.
10 For we have heardLXIII how the Lord dried upLXIV the waterLXV of the RedLXVI SeaLXVII before you
when you came outLXVIII of Egypt,LXIX and what you didLXX to the two kings of the AmoritesLXXI
that were beyondLXXII the Jordan, to SihonLXXIII and Og,LXXIV whom you utterly destroyed.LXXV
11 As soon as we heard it, our heartsLXXVI melted,LXXVII and there was no courageLXXVIII leftLXXIX
in anyLXXX of us because ofLXXXI you. The Lord your GodLXXXII is indeed God in heavenLXXXIII aboveLXXXIV and on earthLXXXV below.LXXXVI
12 Now then, since I have dealtLXXXVII kindlyLXXXVIII with you, swearLXXXIX, XC to me by the Lord that you in turn will deal kindly with my family.XCI
Give me a signXCII of good faithXCIII 13 that you will spareXCIV my fatherXCV and mother,XCVI
my brothersXCVII and sisters,XCVIII and all who belong to them, and deliverXCIX our livesC from death.”CI
14 The men said to her, “Our life forCII yours! If you do not tellCIII this businessCIV of ours,CV then we will deal kindly and faithfullyCVI with you when the Lord gives us the land.”
6:15 CVIIOn the seventhCVIII dayCIX they rose early,CX at dawn,CXI
and marched aroundCXII the cityCXIII in the same mannerCXIV sevenCXV times.CXVI
It was onlyCXVII on that day that they marched around the city seven times. 16 AndCXVIII at the seventh time, when the priestsCXIX had blownCXX the trumpets,CXXI
Joshua said to the people,CXXII “Shout!CXXIII For the Lord has given you the city. 17 The city and all that isCXXIV in it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction.CXXV Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall liveCXXVI because she hidCXXVII the messengersCXXVIII we sent.
22 Joshua said to the two menCXXIX who had spied out the land, “Go intoCXXX theCXXXI prostitute’s house, and bring the woman out of it and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.”
23 So the young menCXXXII who had been spies went in and brought Rahab out, along with her father, her mother, her brothers, and all who belonged to her—they brought all her kindredCXXXIII out—and setCXXXIV them outsideCXXXV the campCXXXVI of Israel.
Image credit: “Sguardo” at Turin, Italy. Photo by Matteo Damiani, 2009.