Joshua 2:17
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New International Version
Now the men had said to her, "This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us

New Living Translation
Before they left, the men told her, "We will be bound by the oath we have taken only if you follow these instructions.

English Standard Version
The men said to her, “We will be guiltless with respect to this oath of yours that you have made us swear.

New American Standard Bible
The men said to her, "We shall be free from this oath to you which you have made us swear,

King James Bible
And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The men said to her, "We will be free from this oath you made us swear,

International Standard Version
The men replied, "We'll be free from our commitment to you to which you've obligated us

NET Bible
The men said to her, "We are not bound by this oath you made us swear unless the following conditions are met:

New Heart English Bible
The men said to her, "We will be guiltless of this your oath which you have made us to swear.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The men told her, "We will be free from the oath which you made us swear, [if you tell anyone what we're doing here].

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the men said unto her: 'We will be guiltless of this thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

New American Standard 1977
And the men said to her, “We shall be free from this oath to you which you have made us swear,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the men said unto her, We will be exempted of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear in the following manner.

King James 2000 Bible
And the men said unto her, We will be guiltless concerning this your oath which you have made us swear.

American King James Version
And the men said to her, We will be blameless of this your oath which you have made us swear.

American Standard Version
And the men said unto her, We will be guiltless of this thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said to her: We shall be blameless of this oath, which thou hast made us swear:

Darby Bible Translation
And the men said to her, We will be quit of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.

English Revised Version
And the men said unto her, We will be guiltless of this thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the men said to her, We will be blameless of this thy oath which thou hast made us swear.

World English Bible
The men said to her, "We will be guiltless of this your oath which you have made us to swear.

Young's Literal Translation
And the men say unto her, 'We are acquitted of this thine oath which thou hast caused us to swear:
Study Bible
The Promise to Rahab
16She said to them, "Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way." 17The men said to her, "We shall be free from this oath to you which you have made us swear, 18unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and gather to yourself into the house your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father's household.…
Cross References
Genesis 24:8
"But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there."

Joshua 2:18
unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and gather to yourself into the house your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father's household.
Treasury of Scripture

And the men said to her, We will be blameless of this your oath which you have made us swear.

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Verse 17. - We will be blameless. Perhaps "we would be blameless," and therefore we make the conditions which follow. Something must be supplied to fill up the sense. The most ordinary rule would be to translate "we are blameless," i.e., by making these conditions. But the former yields a better sense. And the men said unto her,.... Some think that this discourse, which passed between the spies and her, was while in the house before she let them down, or otherwise they would have been in danger of being overheard, and so the whole affair discovered; but as it was on the other side of the house, and under the wall of the city, and without it, they might with the greater safety converse together:

we will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear; that is, they would most faithfully and punctually keep it, it should be sacred to them, and she should have no occasion to lay any blame upon them in the least. 2:8-21 Rahab had heard of the miracles the Lord wrought for Israel. She believed that his promises would certainly be fulfilled, and his threatenings take effect; and that there was no way of escape but by submitting to him, and joining with his people. The conduct of Rahab proved that she had the real principle of Divine faith. Observe the promises the spies made to her. The goodness of God is often expressed by his kindness and truth, Ps 117:2; in both these we must be followers of him. Those who will be conscientious in keeping promises, are cautious in making them. The spies make needful conditions. The scarlet cord, like the blood upon the doorpost at the passover, recalls to remembrance the sinner's security under the atoning blood of Christ; and that we are to flee thereto for refuge from the wrath of a justly offended God. The same cord Rahab used for the saving of these Israelites, was to be used for her own safety. What we serve and honour God with, we may expect he will bless, and make useful to us.
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