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Discovery Magazine 5/1/2009

Was Rahab Rewarded for Lying about the Spies?

by  AP Staff

Dear reader,

Rahab lied to the soldiers of the king of Jericho who were looking for the two Israelite spies whom she had hidden (read Joshua 2). The Bible clearly forbids lying, however (Exodus 20:16; 23:1; Ephesians 4:25). So your question about whether Rahab was rewarded for lying is a good question.

Rahab actually was rewarded for some of her actions, like receiving and hiding the spies, but she was not rewarded for lying. She was rewarded for her belief and trust in God, and her heroism. The writer of Hebrews did not commend Rahab for lying, but praised her because “by faith…she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31).

Rahab is a great example of faith in God, but our belief in God should not include the sin of lying. Under no circumstance does God condone lying.

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