Joshua 2:2
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New International Version
The king of Jericho was told, "Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land."

New Living Translation
But someone told the king of Jericho, "Some Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land."

English Standard Version
And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.”

New American Standard Bible
It was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land."

King James Bible
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king of Jericho was told, "Look, some of the Israelite men have come here tonight to investigate the land."

International Standard Version
Then the king of Jericho was told, "Look! Israeli men arrived tonight to scout out the land."

NET Bible
The king of Jericho received this report: "Note well! Israelite men have come here tonight to spy on the land."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king of Jericho was told, "Some Israelites have entered the city tonight. They came to gather information about our land."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, men of the sons of Israel have come here this night to spy out the land.

King James 2000 Bible
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in here tonight of the children of Israel to search out the country.

American King James Version
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in here to night of the children of Israel to search out the country.

American Standard Version
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to-night of the children of Israel to search out the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it was told the king of Jericho, and was said : Behold there are men come in hither, by night, of the children of Israel, to spy the land.

Darby Bible Translation
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, men have come hither to-night from the children of Israel to search out the land.

English Revised Version
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to-night of the children of Israel to search out the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to-night of the children of Israel, to search out the country.

World English Bible
The king of Jericho was told, "Behold, men of the children of Israel came in here tonight to spy out the land."

Young's Literal Translation
And it is told to the king of Jericho, saying, 'Lo, men have come in hither to-night, from the sons of Israel, to search the land.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-7 Faith in God's promises ought not to do away, but to encourage our diligence in the use of proper means. The providence of God directed the spies to the house of Rahab. God knew where there was one that would be true to them, though they did not. Rahab appears to have been an innkeeper; and if she had formerly been one of bad life, which is doubtful, she had left her evil courses. That which seems to us most accidental, is often overruled by the Divine providence to serve great ends. It was by faith that Rahab received those with peace, against whom her king and country had war. We are sure this was a good work; it is so spoken of by the apostle, Jas 2:25; and she did it by faith, such a faith as set her above the fear of man. Those only are true believers, who find in their hearts to venture for God; they take his people for their people, and cast in their lot among them. The spies were led by the special providence of God, and Rahab entertained them out of regard to Israel and Israel's God, and not for lucre or for any evil purpose. Though excuses may be offered for the guilt of Rahab's falsehood, it seems best to admit nothing which tends to explain it away. Her views of the Divine law must have been very dim: a falsehood like this, told by those who enjoy the light of revelation, whatever the motive, would deserve heavy censure.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it was told the king of Jericho, saying,.... Who being alarmed at the near approach of the Israelites, and knowing their claim to the land of Canaan, and their design upon it, employed men to watch and observe what passed in the city, and parts adjacent, and inform him of it; or some persons of themselves, and for their own safety, and the good of their fellow citizens, gave notice to the king of it:

behold, there came men hither tonight of the children of Israel; who were known by their habit and language; or at least, being strangers, were suspected to be of that people, the terror of whom had fallen on all the inhabitants, so that every strange man they took for an Israelite; from hence it appears, that the spies came to Jericho at night, that they might not be observed: but with all their precaution they were taken notice of, and their design suspected, namely:

to search out the country; which were the proper places to attack first, and where there was the greatest probability of succeeding, as well as to find out the disposition of the inhabitants, whether fearful or fearless of them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2, 3. it was told the king—by the sentinels who at such a time of threatened invasion would be posted on the eastern frontier and whose duty required them to make a strict report to headquarters of the arrival of all strangers.

Joshua 2:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rahab Welcomes the Spies
1Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So they went and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Rahab, and lodged there. 2It was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land." 3And the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab, saying, "Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land."…
Cross References
Joshua 2:1
Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. "Go, look over the land," he said, "especially Jericho." So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

Joshua 2:3
So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land."
Treasury of Scripture

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