The Story of Rahab and the Spies of Joshua,
A Short Christian Play
( This adaptation is taken from Joshua in the Old Testament of The Holy Bible. )
by Melineze Logan Hite
Narrator: Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass, that the LORD spake.
The Lord: ( unto Joshua ) Joshua, son of Nun, Moses' minister, 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 unto Moses.
From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein. For then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Joshua: ( slowly rising with confidence ) Lord, all that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.
Narrator: And Joshua, the son of Nun, sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly.
Joshua:( to the two spies ) Go view the land, even Jericho.
Narrator: And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
And it was told the king of Jericho.
Messenger:( to the King of Jericho ) Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country.
Narrator: And the king of Jericho sent messengers unto Rahab.
Messengers: ( to Rahab ) Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.
Narrator: And the woman took the two men, and hid them.
Rahab:( to the the soldiers of the King of Jericho ) There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were. And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out. Whither the men went I wot not.
Pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them.
Narrator: But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.
And the soldiers pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.
And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof.
Rahab: ( unto the spies of Joshua ) I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you. For the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token.
Ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.
Spies of Joshua: ( swearing unto Rahab ) Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
Narrator: Then she let them down by a cord through the window, for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
Rahab: ( unto the spies ) Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned. Afterward, may ye go your way.
The Spies of Joshua: We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us 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. Thou shalt bring thy father, thy mother, thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.
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 will be guiltless. Whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.
If thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
Rahab: ( to the spies ) According unto your words, so be it.
Narrator: She sent them away, and they departed. Rahab bound the scarlet line in the window. The spies went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned. The pursuers, the soldiers of the King of Jericho, sought them throughout all the way, but found them not.
So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua, the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them.
The Spies: ( unto Joshua ) Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.
Narrator: So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets. It came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout. Then, the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and the children of Israel took the city.
They utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
Joshua: ( unto the two men that had spied out the country ) Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.
Narrator: Then the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.
Joshua burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
Joshua saved Rahab, the harlot, alive, and her father's household, and all that she had. Rahab dwelleth in Israel even unto this day, because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
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