New American Standard Bible
In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works? - In the same sense in which Abraham was, as explained above - showing by her act that her faith was genuine, and that it was not a mere cold and speculative assent to the truths of religion. Her act showed that she truly believed God. If that act had not been performed, the fact would have shown that her faith was not genuine, and she could not have been justified. God saw her faith as it was; he saw that it would produce acts of obedience, and he accepted her as righteous. The act which she performed was the public manifestation of her faith, the evidence that she was justified. See the case of Rahab fully explained in the notes at Hebrews 11:31. It may be observed here, that we are not to suppose that everything in the life and character of this woman is commended. She is commended for her faith, and for the fair expression of it; a faith which, as it induced her to receive the messengers of the true God, and to send them forth in peace, and as it led her to identify herself with the people of God, was also influential, we have every reason to suppose, in inducing her to abandon her former course of life. When we commend the faith of a man who has been a profane swearer, or an adulterer, or a robber, or a drunkard, we do not commend his former life, or give a sanction to it. We commend that which has induced him to abandon his evil course, and to turn to the ways of righteousness. The more evil his former course has been, the more wonderful, and the more worthy of commendation, is that faith by which he is reformed and saved.
1. Is Jesus Christ altogether lovely? Then I beseech you set your souls upon this lovely Jesus. I am sure such an object as has been here represented, would compel love from the coldest breast and hardest heart. Away with those empty nothings, away with this vain deceitful world, which deserves not the thousandth part of the love you give it. Let all stand aside and give way to Christ. O if only you knew his worth and excellency, what he is in himself, what he has done for you, and deserved from …
John Flavel—Christ Altogether Lovely
Progress of Calvinism
The King James Version --Its Influence on English and American History
Whether all Sins are Connected with one Another?
Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So they went and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Rahab, and lodged there.
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.
But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them in the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof.
She said to them, "Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way."
and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus."
By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.
You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
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