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Joshua 2:12-14

2:12 So now, promise me this with an oath sworn in the Lord’s name. 1  Because I have shown allegiance to you, show allegiance to my family. 2  Give me a solemn pledge 3  2:13 that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and rescue us 4  from death.” 2:14 The men said to her, “If you 5  die, may we die too! 6  If you do not report what we’ve been up to, 7  then, when the Lord hands the land over to us, we will show unswerving allegiance 8  to you.” 9 

1 tn Heb “Now, swear to me by the Lord.”

sn To swear an oath in the Lord’s name would make the Lord the witness and guarantor of the promise attached to the oath. If the person making the oath should go back on the promise, the Lord would judge him for breaking the contract.

2 tn Heb “with the house of my father.”

3 tn Heb “true sign,” that is, “an inviolable token or pledge.”

4 tn Or “our lives.”

5 tn The second person pronoun is masculine plural, indicating that Rahab’s entire family is in view.

6 tn Heb “Our lives in return for you to die.” If the lives of Rahab’s family are not spared, then the spies will pay for the broken vow with their own lives.

7 tn Heb “If you do not report this matter of ours.”

8 tn Heb “allegiance and faithfulness.” These virtual synonyms are joined in the translation as “unswerving allegiance” to emphasize the degree of promised loyalty.

9 tn The second person pronoun is feminine singular, referring specifically to Rahab.

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