Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 2:20

But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Armies;   Reconnoissance;   Treaty;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Home;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Stories for Children;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Rahab;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Family Life and Relations;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Hoshea;   Jericho;   Joshua;   Rahab;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Jericho;   Rahab, Rachab ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jericho;   Rahab;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Shittim;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Jer'icho;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Cord;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Business;   Quit;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

If thou utter this our business - It was prudent to make her life depend on her secresy; had it been otherwise she might have been tempted to give information, not only concerning the spies, but concerning the designs of the Israelites. But her life being at stake, added to every other motive, she kept the secret for the sake of her own personal safety and that of all her relatives.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 2:20". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-2.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And if thou utter this our business,.... So that others would either hang out scarlet threads or get into her house for shelter; see Gill on Joshua 2:14,

then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear; be under no obligation to make it good, by saving her and her father's house.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 2:20". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-2.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And if thou utter this our k business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

(k) So that others should think to escape by the same means.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 2:20". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-2.html. 1599-1645.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And if you say anything about this our business, then we will be free from your oath which you have made us swear.”

If they later discovered that she had betrayed them, or if there were more than one scarlet cord suggesting the same, then all amnesty would be cancelled and they would be free from their oath.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 2:20". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-2.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

20.Quit of thine oath — Released from its obligation. The condition mentioned in Joshua 2:14 is here repeated as if to give it emphasis.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 2:20". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-2.html. 1874-1909.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 2:20". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-2.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
And if thou
Proverbs 11:13
we will be quit
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 2:20". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-2.html.