Joshua 2:14
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14  The men answered her, “Our persons are pledged for yours, even to death! If you do not disclose this mission of ours, we will show you true loyalty when Hashem gives us the land.”

va-YO-m’-ru LAH ha-a-na-SHEEM naf-SHAY-nu takh-tay-KHEM la-MUT IM LO ta-GEE-du et d’-va-RAY-nu ZEH v’-ha-YAH b’-tayt a-do-NAI LA-nu et ha-A-retz v’-a-SEE-nu i-MAKH KHE-sed ve-e-MET

יד  וַיֹּאמְרוּ לָהּ הָאֲנָשִׁים נַפְשֵׁנוּ תַחְתֵּיכֶם לָמוּת אִם לֹא תַגִּידוּ אֶת־דְּבָרֵנוּ זֶה וְהָיָה בְּתֵת־יְהֹוָה לָנוּ אֶת־הָאָרֶץ וְעָשִׂינוּ עִמָּךְ חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת׃

 2:14   We will show you true loyalty

The spies promise that they will repay Rahab with ‘true loyalty,’ chesed v’emet (חסד ואמת). Rabbi Benjamin Blech, in his book The Secrets of Hebrew Words, teaches that emet (אמת), the Hebrew word for ‘truth,’ contains a deep lesson. The word is comprised of three letters and “requires for its essence the first letter alef (א), the “One” standing for the Almighty. Remove the initial letter alef and all that remains is met (מת), meaning death. Without Hashem there can be no truth. In its place only death and destruction remain.”

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