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Joshua 2:6

    Joshua 2:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But she had brought them up to the roof, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But she had taken them up to the roof, covering them with the stems of flax which she had put out in order there.

    Webster's Revision

    But she had brought them up to the roof, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.

    World English Bible

    But she had brought them up to the roof, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But she had brought them up to the roof, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 2:6

    Hid then with the stalks of flax - It is a matter of little consequence whether we translate פסתי העיץ pistey haets stalks of flax, or stalks of hemp: the word עץ ets, which signifies wood, serves to show that whether it was hemp or flax, it was in its rough, unmanufactured state; and as this was about the season, viz., the end of March or the beginning of April, in which the flax is ripe in that country, consequently Rahab's flax might have been recently pulled, and was now drying on the roof of her house. The reader may find some useful remarks upon this subject in Harmer's Observations, vol. iv., p. 97, etc.

    Upon the roof - We have already seen that all the houses in the east were made flat-roofed; for which a law is given Deuteronomy 22:8. On these flat roofs the Asiatics to this day walk, converse, and oftentimes even sleep and pass the night. It is probable that this hiding was after that referred to in the fourth verse.

    Barnes' Notes on Joshua 2:6

    Stalks of flax - literally, "the carded fibres of the tree." The flax in Palestine grew to more than three feet in height, with a stalk as thick as a cane. It was probably with the flax stalks, recently cut (compare Exodus 9:31, note) and laid out on the house roof to dry, that Rahab hid the spies.

    Wesley's Notes on Joshua 2:6

    2:6 Roof - Which was flat after their manner. Upon the roof - That they might be dried by the heat of the sun.