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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Joshua 2:8-21

The matter is here settled between Rahab and the spies respecting the service she was now to do for them, and the favour they were afterwards to show to her. She secures them on condition that they should secure her. I. She gives them, and by them sends to Joshua and Israel, all the encouragement that could be desired to make their intended descent upon Canaan. This was what they came for, and it was worth coming for. Having got clear of the officers, she comes up to them to the roof of the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 2:21

And she said, according to your words, so be it ,.... She agreed, that if the conditions required were not performed, they would be quit of their oath, but if they were, she expected it would be fulfilled: and she sent them away, and they departed ; took their leave of each other: and she bound the scarlet line in the window ; immediately, as Abarbinel thinks, and in the sight of the spies, that they might see that she conformed to their direction, and that they might take notice... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 2:12-24

The oath of the spies, and their return to Joshua. This passage suggests considerations of various kinds, historical, practical, and allegorical. I. THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF THE SPIES . They had, no doubt, been specially selected by Joshua for this purpose, and they show themselves worthy of his choice. II. THE SCARLET CORD A TOKEN OF SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST . For scarlet, or rather crimson (see note), is the colour of blood. The scarlet cord had been the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 2:21

And she bound the scarlet cord in the window. —Not necessarily at once, but when the time for the precaution arrived. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 2:21

And she bound the scarlet cord in the window. —Not necessarily at once, but when the time for the precaution arrived. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Joshua 2:21

Joshua 2:21. In the window Forthwith, partly that the spies might see it hung out before their departure, and so the better know it at some distance; partly lest some accident might occasion a neglect about it. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Joshua 2:1-24

1:1-5:15 ENTRY INTO CANAANPreparations (1:1-2:24)God’s command to Joshua was brief and straightforward: he was to take the land of Canaan. (The region in which Canaan was situated was occupied by various tribal peoples, the most important of whom were the Hittites and the Amorites.) Israel would not win the land without a fight, but the people had God’s assurance that wherever they advanced they would gain possession (1:1-5). As leader of the people, Joshua had the assurance of God’s presence,... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Joshua 2:17-21

"And the men said unto her, We will be guiltless of this thine oath which thou hast made us to swear. Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt gather unto thee into the house thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household. And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we shall be... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Joshua 2:21

Ver. 21. And she bound the scarlet line in the window— It is pretty generally supposed, that Rahab bound it there immediately, and there left it till Joshua made himself master of Jericho. But, as this affectation might have made her suspected by the people of the city, it has seemed most reasonable to others to suppose, that Rahab did not place this token at the window till the army of Israel had approached the city. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Joshua 2:21

21. she bound the scarlet line in the window—probably soon after the departure of the spies. It was not formed, as some suppose, into network, as a lattice, but simply to hang down the wall. Its red color made it conspicuous, and it was thus a sign and pledge of safety to Rahab's house, as the bloody mark on the lintels of the houses of the Israelites in Egypt to that people. read more

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