Joshua 2:4
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Rahab had hidden the two men, but she replied, “Yes, the men were here earlier, but I didn’t know where they were from.

English Standard Version
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

Berean Study Bible
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. So she said, “Yes, the men did come to me, but I did not know where they had come from.

King James Bible
And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:

New King James Version
Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

New American Standard Bible
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

NASB 1995
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

NASB 1977
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

Amplified Bible
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them; so she said, “Yes, two men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

Christian Standard Bible
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. So she said, “Yes, the men did come to me, but I didn’t know where they were from.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. So she said, "Yes, the men did come to me, but I didn't know where they were from.

American Standard Version
And the woman took the two men, and hid them; and she said, Yea, the men came unto me, but I knew not whence they were:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the woman brought both men and she hid them and she said: “Truly, men came to me and I did not know from where they are.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the woman took the two men and hid them; and she spoke to the messengers, saying, The men came in to me,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the woman taking the men, hid them, and said: I confess they came to me, but I knew not whence they were:

English Revised Version
And the woman took the two men, and hid them; and she said, Yea, the men came unto me, but I wist not whence they were:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the woman had already taken the two men inside and hidden them. So she said, "Yes, the men did come here. But I didn't know where they had come from.

International Standard Version
Now the woman had taken the two men and hid them. So she replied, "The men really did come to me, but I didn't know from where they came.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the woman took the two men, and hid them; and she said: 'Yea, the men came unto me, but I knew not whence they were;

Literal Standard Version
And the woman takes the two men, and hides them, and says thus: “The men came to me, and I have not known where they [are] from;

NET Bible
But the woman hid the two men and replied, "Yes, these men were clients of mine, but I didn't know where they came from.

New Heart English Bible
The woman took the two men and hid them. Then she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they came from.

World English Bible
The woman took the two men and hid them. Then she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I didn't know where they came from.

Young's Literal Translation
And the woman taketh the two men, and hideth them, and saith thus: 'The men came in unto me, and I have not known whence they are;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Rahab Welcomes the Spies
3So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab and said, “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, for they have come to spy out the whole land.” 4But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. So she said, “Yes, the men did come to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5At dusk, when the gate was about to close, the men went out, and I do not know which way they went. Pursue them quickly, and you may catch them!”…

Cross References
James 2:25
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute justified by her actions when she welcomed the spies and sent them off on another route?

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

Joshua 2:5
At dusk, when the gate was about to close, the men went out, and I do not know which way they went. Pursue them quickly, and you may catch them!"

2 Samuel 17:19
Then the man's wife took a covering and spread it over the mouth of the well, scattering grain over it so nobody would know a thing.


Treasury of Scripture

And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men to me, but I knew not from where they were:

Exodus 1:19
And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

2 Samuel 16:18,19
And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide…

2 Samuel 17:19,20
And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known…









Verse 4. - And the woman took the two men. The majority of commentators are of opinion that here, as in ver. 1, we must render by the pluperfect. For, as Calvin remarks, Rahab would hardly have dared to lie so coolly had she not previously taken precautions to conceal her guests. And therefore she must have told a twofold falsehood. She must have discovered, or been made acquainted with, their errand, and therefore have "known whence they were," in addition to her assertion that she did not know where they were now. And hid them. The original is remarkable and very vivid. And hid him, i.e., each one in a separate place. No doubt the detail comes from an eyewitness, so that if the Book of Joshua he not a contemporary work, the writer must have had access to some contemporary document.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But the woman
הָֽאִשָּׁ֛ה (hā·’iš·šāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 802: Woman, wife, female

had taken
וַתִּקַּ֧ח (wat·tiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

the two
שְׁנֵ֥י (šə·nê)
Number - mdc
Strong's 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

men
הָאֲנָשִׁ֖ים (hā·’ă·nā·šîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

and hidden them.
וַֽתִּצְפְּנ֑וֹ (wat·tiṣ·pə·nōw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6845: To hide, to hoard, reserve, to deny, to protect, to lurk

So she said,
וַתֹּ֣אמֶר ׀ (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Yes,
כֵּ֗ן (kên)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

the men
הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֔ים (hā·’ă·nā·šîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

did come
בָּ֤אוּ (bā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to me,
אֵלַי֙ (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

but I did not
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

know
יָדַ֖עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3045: To know

where
מֵאַ֥יִן (mê·’a·yin)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's 370: Whence?

they had come from.
הֵֽמָּה׃ (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They


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