Then, as the LORD our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites1 through all that vast and dreadful desert2 that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea.320
Then I said to you, "You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us.
See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession4 of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid;5 do not be discouraged."622
Then all of you came to me and said, "Let us send men ahead to spy7 out the land8 for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to."
The idea seemed good to me; so I selected9 twelve of you, one man from each tribe.