New Living Translation
Rahab had hidden the two men, but she replied, "Yes, the men were here earlier, but I didn't know where they were from.
King James Bible
And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:
Darby Bible Translation
And the woman had taken and concealed the two men; and she said, Yes, the men did come unto me, but I knew not whence they were;
World English Bible
The woman took the two men and hid them. Then she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I didn't know where they came from.
Young's Literal Translation
And the woman taketh the two men, and hideth them, and saith thus: 'The men came in unto me, and I have not known whence they are;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:4 And the woman - Or, But the woman had taken - and had hid them, before the messengers came from the king; as soon as she understood from her neighbours, that there was a suspicion of the matter, and guessed that search would be made. And this is justly mentioned as a great and generous act of faith, Heb 11:31, for she apparently ventured her life upon a steadfast persuasion of the truth of God's word and promise given to the Israelites. Whence they were - Her answer contained in these and the following words, was false, and therefore unquestionably sinful; tho' her intention was good therein. But it is very probable, she being an Heathen, might think, that an officious lie is not unlawful.
Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road.
So the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab: "Bring out the men who have come into your house, for they have come here to spy out the whole land."
They left the town at dusk, as the gates were about to close. I don't know where they went. If you hurry, you can probably catch up with them."
2 Samuel 17:19
The man's wife put a cloth over the top of the well and scattered grain on it to dry in the sun; so no one suspected they were there.
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