She is known to many as a prostitute, a harlot, or an innkeeper in the ancient city of Jericho. Rahab was an unmarried woman who had grown up in a pagan Canaanite culture. She had grown up hearing the stories of all the miracles that the God of Israel had done to save his people. She knew these Israelites had a powerful God on their side. When Joshua sent spies to scope out the city, she welcomed them to her home, which was in the city wall. She provided a hiding place for the men under some flax on her roof. When the king's men came searching for the Israelite spies, she lied and said she didn't know where they went. She asked the spies to be kind to her and her family and spare their lives. They promised they would not harm her or her family as long as she hung a scarlet cord from her window and kept her family inside her home. She let the men down on a rope and advised them to hide in the hills. A few days later, upon the crumbling of the city of Jericho, the spies kept their word and went in to rescue Rahab and her family. They were brought to live among the Israelite people, where Rahab dwelled the remainder of her life. She is commended for her faith and righteousness in the books of Hebrews and James and is one of the women in the lineage of Jesus. (Joshua 2, 6)
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