Dear Faithful Witnesss..... Here it is... WT style... long, wordy, but very revealling...
I highlighted the main points, so you can get to the heart of it, but even the rest of the article is interesting..
w78 8/15 pp. 24-26 Her Faith Was Lifesaving ***
But what about the woman of Jericho who spoke to the Israelite spies? Who was she? Did she, too, harden her heart? The woman was Rahab, a harlot whose house was situated atop the wall of Jericho. Based on what she had heard about Jehovah’s dealings, she was prompted to acknowledge the superiority of the true God. Rahab told the spies: "I do know that Jehovah will certainly give you the land. . . . Jehovah your God is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath."—Josh. 2:9-11.
Her faith was not a mere expression of words. Rahab had already acted in harmony with it. How so? First of all, she received the spies into her house, knowing that they were Israelites. In those times, a harlot’s house often served also as an inn, but, even so, Rahab was under no obligation to receive the spies. Since she knew full wellthat the inhabitants of Jericho hated the Israelites, it took faith for Rahab to receive the men into her house.
Later, when the king of Jericho heard that the Israelite spies had gone to Rahab’s house, he sent messengers there, demanding: "Bring out the men that came to you, that have come into your house, for it is to search out all the land that they have come." (Josh. 2:2, 3) This gave Rahab the opportunity to prove her faith. At the time, the spies were on the roof, hidden underneath stalks of flax. (Josh. 2:6) What would Rahab do now? Would she yield to the order of the king? Or, would she side with Jehovah’s people?
To protect the Israelite spies, Rahab used a weapon at her immediate disposal—her tongue. She misdirectedthe king’s messengers, saying: "Yes, the men did come to me, and I did not know from where they were. And it came about at the closing of the gate by dark that the men went out. I just do not know where the men have gone. Chase after them quickly, for you will overtake them." (Josh. 2:4, 5) So, besides misdirecting the messengers, Rahab feigned total ignorance and gave not the slightest hint that her sympathies were with the Israelites. The subterfugeevidently also served to discourage any search of her house. Certainly, it took firm faith in Jehovah’s granting success to Israel for Rahab to take a stand against the king of Jericho. Such action, if discovered, could doubtless have cost Rahab her life.