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Before the spies lay down, Rahab went up to them on the roof and said:[a] “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that a dread of you has come upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land tremble with fear because of you.(A) 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt,(B) and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites beyond the Jordan, whom you destroyed under the ban.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:9–11 Rahab’s speech is Deuteronomic in content and style. Through her, the author expresses a theological conviction: the Lord, the God of Israel, is God above all gods; the formation of the people Israel and its success is the Lord’s doing; and all the rulers of the neighboring nations do well to panic at what the Lord is doing (cf. 5:1). Rahab the prostitute is pointedly mentioned in the Matthean genealogy of Jesus (Mt 1:5) and in Jas 2:25.

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