Joshua 2:20
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New International Version
But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear."

New Living Translation
If you betray us, however, we are not bound by this oath in any way."

English Standard Version
But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be guiltless with respect to your oath that you have made us swear.”

New American Standard Bible
"But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear."

King James Bible
And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And if you report our mission, we are free from the oath you made us swear.""

International Standard Version
But if you report this incident, we'll be free from the oath to which you've made us swear."

NET Bible
If you should report what we've been up to, we are not bound by this oath you made us swear."

New Heart English Bible
But if you talk about this business of ours, then we shall be guiltless of your oath which you have made us to swear."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you tell anyone what we're doing here, we will be free from the oath which you made us swear."

JPS Tanakh 1917
But if thou utter this our business, then we will be guiltless of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.'

New American Standard 1977
“But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if thou should declare this our business, then we will be exempted of thine oath which thou hast made us swear.

King James 2000 Bible
And if you utter this our business, then we will be free of your oath which you have made us to swear.

American King James Version
And if you utter this our business, then we will be quit of your oath which you have made us to swear.

American Standard Version
But if thou utter this our business, then we shall be guiltless of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if thou wilt betray us, and utter this word abroad, we shall be quit of this oath which thou hast made us swear.

Darby Bible Translation
And if thou make known this our business, we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us swear.

English Revised Version
But if thou utter this our business, then we will be guiltless of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if thou shalt utter this our business, then we will be quit of thy oath which thou hast made us to swear.

World English Bible
But if you talk about this business of ours, then we shall be guiltless of your oath which you have made us to swear."

Young's Literal Translation
and if thou declare this our matter, then we have been acquitted from thine oath which thou hast caused us to swear.'
Study Bible
The Promise to Rahab
19"It shall come about that anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be free; but anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20"But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear." 21She said, "According to your words, so be it." So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window.…
Cross References
Joshua 2:19
"It shall come about that anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be free; but anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.

Joshua 2:21
She said, "According to your words, so be it." So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
Treasury of Scripture

And if you utter this our business, then we will be quit of your oath which you have made us to swear.

And if thou

Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit …

we will be quit

Joshua 2:17 And the men said to her, We will be blameless of this your oath which …

Verse 20. - And if thou utter this our business. This was an obvious condition. Rahab's betrayal of the spies could not save Jericho, but it would destroy them, or at least expose them to imminent danger. She would, therefore, by mentioning the matter, deprive herself of all title to protection. And if thou utter this our business,.... So that others would either hang out scarlet threads or get into her house for shelter; see Gill on Joshua 2:14,

then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear; be under no obligation to make it good, by saving her and her father's house. 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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