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.”
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.
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.
But if thou wilt betray us, and utter this word abroad, we shall be quit of this 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.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
After this confession Rahab entreated the spies to spare her family (father's house), and made them promise her on oath as a sign of their fidelity, that on the capture of Jericho, which is tacitly assumed as self-evident after what had gone before, they would save alive her parents, and brothers and sisters, and all that belonged to them (i.e., according to Joshua 6:23, the children and families of her brothers and sisters), and not put them to death; all of which they promised her on oath. "A true token," lit. a sign of truth, i.e., a sign by which they guaranteed the truth of the kindness for which she asked. This sign consisted in nothing but the solemn oath with which they were to confirm their assurance, and, according to Joshua 2:14, actually did confirm it. The oath itself was taken in these words, "our soul shall die for you," by which they pledged their life for the life of Rahab and her family in this sense: God shall punish us with death if we are faithless, and do not spare thy life and the lives of thy relations. Though the name of God is not really expressed, it was implied in the fact that the words are described as swearing by Jehovah. But the spies couple their assurance with this condition, "if ye utter not this our business," do not betray us, sc., so that we should be pursued, and our life endangered; "then will we show thee mercy and truth" (cf. Genesis 24:27).
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we will be quit
Then if anyone goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be guiltless. But if a hand is laid on anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head.
And she said, "According to your words, so be it." Then she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
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