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In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
King James Bible
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
American Standard Version
And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way?
Young's Literal Translation
and in like manner also Rahab the harlot -- was she not out of works declared righteous, having received the messengers, and by another way having sent forth?
James 2:25 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Rahab the harlot - See the notes on Joshua 2:1, etc., and Hebrews 11:31 (note), etc. Rahab had the approbation due to genuine faith, which she actually possessed, and gave the fullest proof that she did so by her conduct. As justification signifies, not only the pardon of sin, but receiving the Divine approbation, James seems to use the word in this latter sense. God approved of them, because of their obedience to his will; and he approves of no man who is not obedient.
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Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went...
Matthew 1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
Rachab. the harlot.
Matthew 21:31 Whether of them two did the will of his father? They say to him, The first. Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you...
James 2:18,22 Yes, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works...
Joshua 2:19-21 And it shall be, that whoever shall go out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his head...
Joshua 6:17,22-25 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live...
Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
James 2:25 Parallel CommentariesActions Considered Declared Different Escape Harlot Helped House Hurriedly Judged Justified Likewise Manner Messengers Notorious Principle Prostitute Rahab Received Righteous Righteousness Sinner Spies Wasn't Way Welcomed WorksActions Considered Declared Different Escape Harlot Helped House Hurriedly Judged Justified Likewise Manner Messengers Notorious Principle Prostitute Rahab Received Righteous Righteousness Sinner Spies Wasn't Way Welcomed WorksTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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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 2:4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from.
Joshua 2:6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.)
Joshua 2:16 She said to them, "Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way."
Acts 17:7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus."
Hebrews 11:31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
James 2:24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.