Joshua 2:9
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9  She said to the men, “I know that Hashem has given the country to you, because dread of you has fallen upon us, and all the inhabitants of the land are quaking before you.

va-TO-mer el ha-a-na-SHEEM ya-DA-tee kee na-TAN a-do-NAI la-KHEM et ha-A-retz v’-khee na-f’-LAH ay-mat-KHEM a-LAY-nu v’-KHEE na-MO-gu kol yo-sh’-VAY ha-A-retz mi-p’-nay-KHEM

ט  וַתֹּאמֶר אֶל־הָאֲנָשִׁים יָדַעְתִּי כִּי־נָתַן יְהֹוָה לָכֶם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ וְכִי־נָפְלָה אֵימַתְכֶם עָלֵינוּ וְכִי נָמֹגוּ כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ מִפְּנֵיכֶם׃

2:9   I know that Hashem has given the country to you

When Rahab speaks to the spies, she reports that the Canaanites are afraid of the Children of Israel.  They are well aware of the miracles Hashem has done for the Israelites — both forty years earlier during the time of the exodus, and more recently in the battles against the Amorite kings Sihon and Og (Numbers 21). They know that God has given the land to the Children of Israel and therefore, they are afraid. Not only does Rahab report this to the spies, but she even casts her lot with the Israelites.  Rahab is a prime example of a righteous gentile.  Understanding that these men are representatives of Hashem’s chosen people who will receive the chosen land, she singlehandedly undertakes to protect the spies.   The Children of Israel are not the only ones who understand  that God is giving them the Promised Land; the righteous among the nations also recognize that this is the will of Hashem.  God gave the Children of Israel the Land of Israel then, and He gives it to them now as well.

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  • Oskar Schindler and Corrie ten Boom could possibly be described as prime examples of righteous gentiles; I’m not too sure about the righteousness of a harlot. Sounds like a bit of a stretch, to me. A murderer could support the cause of Israel, but he should never be described as righteous—unless and until he’s declared such by HaShem, of course. Supporting the people or the land of Israel hardly qualifies one as righteous. (Excuse the rant…)

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