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What Came Before:
AFTER the death of Moses, while the children of Israel
were still encamped upon the east bank of the river' Jordan, God spoke to
Joshua, and said: "Now that Moses my servant is dead, you are to take his place
and to rule this people. Do not delay, but lead them across the river Jordan,
and conquer the land which I have given to them."
Then God told Joshua how large would be the land which the Israelites were to
have, if they should show themselves worthy of it. It was to reach from the
great river Euphrates, far in the north, down to the border of Egypt on the
south, and from the desert on the east to the Great Sea on the west. And God
said to Joshua: "Be strong and of a good courage. I will be with you as I was
with Moses. Read constantly the book of the law which Moses gave you, and be
careful to obey all that is written in it. Do this and you will have good
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The Lord spoke unto Joshua saying "Moses my servant is dead; now
therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land
which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that
the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said
Then Joshua gave orders to his officers. He said, "Go through the camp, and tell
the people to prepare food for a journey; for in three days we shall pass over
the river Jordan, and shall go into the land which the Lord has promised us."
To say this was very bold; for at that time of the year, in the spring, the
Jordan was much larger than at other times. All its banks were overflowed, and
it was running as a broad, deep, swift river, down to the Dead Sea, a few miles
to the south. No one could possibly walk through it; only a strong man could
swim in its powerful current; and the Israelites had no boats in which they
could cross it.
On the other side of the river, a few miles distant, the Israelites could see
the high walls of the city of Jericho, standing at the foot of the mountains.
Before the rest of the land could be won, this city must be taken, for it stood
beside the road leading up to the mountain country. Joshua chose two careful,
brave, and wise men, and said to them, "Go across the river, and get into the
city of Jericho; find out all you can about it, and come back in two days."
The two men swam across the river, and walked over to Jericho, and went into the
city. But they had been seen, and the king of Jericho sent men to take them
prisoners. They came to a house which stood on the wall of the city, where was
living a woman named Rahab; and she hid the men.
But these strange men had been seen going into her house, and the king sent his
officers after them. The woman hid the men on the roof of the house, and heaped
over them stalks of flax, which are like long reeds, so that the officers could
not find them. After the officers had gone away, thinking that the two spies had
left the city, the woman Rahab came to the two men, and said to them, "All of us
in this city know that your God is mighty and terrible, and that he has given
you this land. We have heard how your God dried up the Red Sea before you, and
led you through the desert, and gave you victory over your enemies. And now all
the people in this city are in fear of you, for they know that your God will
give you this city and all this land."
"Now," said Rahab, "promise me in the name of the Lord, that you will spare my
life, and the lives of my father and mother, and of my brothers and sisters,
when you take this city." And the men said, "We will pledge our life for yours,
that no harm shall come to you; for you have saved our lives."
This woman's house stood on the wall of the city. From one of its windows Rahab
let down outside a rope, upon which the men could slide down to the ground. It
happened that this rope was of a bright scarlet color.
The two spies said to Rahab, "When our men come to take this city, you shall
have this scarlet rope hanging in the window. Bring your father, and mother, and
family into the house, and keep them there while we are taking the city. We will
tell all our men not to harm the people who are in the house where the scarlet
cord hangs from the window; and thus all your family will be safe when the city
Then the two men, at night, slid down the rope and found their way to the river,
and swam over it again, and told their story to Joshua. They said, " Truly the
Lord has given to us all the land; for all the people in it are in terror before
us, and will not dare to oppose us."
One fact was a great help to the Israelites in their plans for taking the land
of Canaan. It was not held by one people, or ruled over by one king, who could
unite all his people against the Israelites. There were many small nations
living in the land, and each little tribe, and even each city, was ruled by its
own king. So it would be easy for the Israelites to destroy them one by one, so
long as they kept apart and did not band themselves together into one army.
The Israelites were now a strong and united people, trained for war, and willing
to obey one leader, so that all the twelve tribes were ready to fight as one
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