New International Version
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?
Darby Bible Translation
But was not in like manner also Rahab the harlot justified on the principle of works, when she had received the messengers and put [them] forth by another way?
World English Bible
In the same way, wasn't Rahab the prostitute also 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?
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CommentaryClarke'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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Rachab. the harlot.
"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."--James 2:17. WHATEVER the statement of James may be, it could never have been his intention to contradict the gospel. It could never be possible that the Holy Spirit would say one thing in one place, and another in another. Statements of Paul and of James must be reconciled, and if they were not, I would be prepared sooner to throw overboard the statement of James than that of Paul. Luther did so, I think, most unjustifiably. If you ask …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 60: 1914
The Middle Colonies: the Jerseys, Delaware, and Pennsylvania --The Quaker Colonization --Georgia.
Whether Justice and Mercy are Present in all God's Works
Whether Fear is an Effect of Faith
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.
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.
(But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.)
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."
and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus."
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
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