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Joshua 6:25

However, Rahab the harlot and her father's household and all she had, Joshua spared; and she has lived in the midst of Israel to this day, for she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Harlot (Prostitute);   Hospitality;   Mercy;   Rahab;   Thankfulness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Miracles;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Family Life and Relations;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Colour;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Anathema;   Jericho;   Joshua, the Book of;   Proselytes;   Ruth;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Harlot;   Hospitality;   Joshua, the Book of;   Mission(s);   Rahab;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Jericho;   Rahab;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Angels;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Miracles;   Rahab, Rachab ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jericho;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Ark;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Rahab;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Joshua, Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day - This is one proof that the book was written in the time to which it is commonly referred; and certainly might have been done by the hand of Joshua himself, though doubtless many marginal notes may have since crept into the text, which, to superficial observers, give it the appearance of having been written after the days of Joshua. See the preface to this book.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-6.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Even unto this day - These words are rightly noted as implying that the narrative was written not long after the occurrences which it records.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/joshua-6.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive,.... From perishing by the sword, as the rest of the inhabitants did. Kimchi says, some interpret it of his giving her food, and an inheritance by which she might live; and JosephusF6Antiqu. l. 5. c. 1. sect. 7. intimates the same: he says, he gave her fields, and had her in great honour and esteem; and it is the notion of some Jewish writers, that he took her to wife, and that this is meant by saving her alive; which sense Kimchi disapproves of, as being foreign; besides, it was not Joshua, but Salmon, a prince in Israel, that married her, Matthew 1:5,

and her father's household, and all she had; that is, he saved alive all her relations, and it may be her cattle, if she had any; and those of her kindred also, as their sheep, oxen, and asses, when those of others were killed, Joshua 6:21. Some also understand this of intermarriages of principal persons in Israel with some of her father's fairly; but it only signifies that their lives were spared, when the whole city was destroyed with the edge of the sword:

and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; which may be meant either personally of Rahab, who was living and dwelt in the land of Canaan, when this history was written; and serves to strengthen the opinion that Joshua was the writer of it, and to explain the meaning of the phrase "unto this day", elsewhere used in this book; and to remove any objection from it against his being the author of it; or else of her dwelling there in her posterity, and so she might dwell in it unto the times of the Messiah, who sprang from her, Matthew 1:5,

because she hid the messengers which Joshua, sent to spy out Jericho; this was the reason of her and her father's family being saved alive; See Gill on Joshua 6:17.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-6.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she p dwelleth in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

(p) For she was married to Salmon prince of the tribe of Judah, (Matthew 1:5).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-6.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

she — Rahab

dwelleth in Israel unto this day — a proof that this book was written not long after the events related.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-6.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

The harlot olive — For that general command of rooting out the Canaanites seems to have had some exception, in case any of them had sincerely and seasonably cast off their wickedness, and submitted to the Israelites.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-6.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Ver. 25. Even unto this day.] When this story was written, she was a great lady in Israel, being married to Salmon.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-6.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 25. And she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day Rahab, incorporated with the people of God, was still living there when this was written. See ch. Joshua 4:9. Her family, doubtless, were initiated in like manner; and all who belonged to her embraced the religion of Israel, or at least, renouncing idolatry, without ever receiving circumcision, became proselytes of the gate. As to Rahab herself, she married Salmon, the son of Naasson, a prince of the tribe of Judah, and one of the ancestors of CHRIST. Genebrand, in his Chronol. p. 13 following the authority of some rabbis, says, that Joshua married Rahab; whence Mr. Berryer concludes, that it was a grand-daughter of that name who was afterwards married to Salmon. See his Hist. du Peuple de Dieu, tom. 3: p. 41. But as all this is without proof, we hold, with Usher, that it was Rahab the harlot whom Salmon espoused. However, as it was prohibited to marry Canaanitish women, (Deuteronomy 7:1.) Rahab might, very probably, be a stranger settled at Jericho, as divers rabbis inform us was the case.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/joshua-6.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

For that general command of rooting out the Canaanites seems to have had some exception, in case any of them had sincerely and seasonably cast off their idolatry and wickedness, and submitted themselves to the Israelites, as we shall see hereafter.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-6.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And Joshua saved alive Rahab the prostitute, and her father's household, and all she had, and she dwelt in the midst of Israel even to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.’

Note the emphasis on ‘saved alive’. Thus was fulfilled the oath that they would live (see Joshua 2:13-14). They did not remain long outside the camp for they became members of the congregation of Israel. ‘Dwelt in the midst of Israel’ can signify Canaanites dwelling among the Israelites in disobedience to God’s command (Joshua 9:7; Joshua 13:13; Joshua 16:10), but that hardly applies here. It must signify acceptance. (Perhaps however her family were given the option to move on and out of the country - compare the man in Judges 1:26 - for they are not mentioned).

“Even to this day.” A clear indication that this was written while Rahab was alive. Alternatively we may read ‘she’ as signifying the whole family, but in context that is an unnatural reading (‘she’ means Rahab in both the other cases).

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

25.She dwelleth in Israel even unto this day — This account must have been written during the lifetime of Rahab, when many were living who could have disputed the miracles if they had not occurred. Those who assert that this book was written several centuries later are driven to such an arbitrary interpretation as that her descendants continued to dwell in Israel unto this day.

[Rahab was the first Canaanite convert to the Hebrew faith, and is, accordingly, highly honoured in Hebrew history and Jewish tradition. She was married to Salmon, whom a romantic imagination has very plausibly identified with one of the two spies whose lives she saved at Jericho. She became an honoured mother in Israel, from whom sprang David and his Messianic son. Matthew 1:5. The prominence given by Matthew to the adoption of Gentile women, like Rahab and Ruth, into the Messiah’s genealogy, is a prophetic indication of the Gospel catholicity, in which Jew and Gentile, bond and free, are seen to be one in Christ.]

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-6.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Day. Rahab prefigured the wild olive tree, which St. Paul says was engrafted on the good olive tree, (Romans xi. 24,) and which will remain till the end of the world. (Theodoret, q. 8.) She married Salmon, of the tribe of Juda, and became the ancestor of David and of the Messias. (Calmet)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Rahab. Compare Matthew 1:4-5. Married to Salmon, in the line of the Messiah.

in = in the midst of.

unto this day. Written therefore during her life

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Rahab, [Septuagint, Raab (Greek #4460)].

... dwelleth in Israel unto this day - a proof not only that the pledge given for her preservation had been fully redeemed, but also that this book was written not long after the events related.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-6.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(25) And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive.—“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not” (Hebrews 11:31). And so Jesus said to her who had ministered to Him in the house of Simon the Pharisee, “Thy sins are forgiven;” and again, “Thy faith hath saved thee: go in peace” Luke 7:48; Luke 7:50). “Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works?” (James 2:25).

And she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day.—“Salmon begat Booz of Rachab” seems certainly to refer to her (Matthew 1:5), though why she is called Rachab in that place is not obvious. Rachab is not the usual form of the word, either in the LXX. or in the other passages of the Greek text where she is named. It is not simply a variation in the English spelling, but a difference in the original Greek.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:25". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-6.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
Rahab
11:19,20; Judges 1:24,25; Acts 2:21; Hebrews 11:31
she dwelleth
Matthew 1:5
unto
4:9
because
James 2:25
Reciprocal: Joshua 2:1 - harlot's house;  Joshua 2:14 - when the Lord

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