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.
They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol10 and explored it.
Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported,11 "It is a good land12 that the LORD our God is giving us."13
But you were unwilling to go up;14 you rebelled15 against the command of the LORD your God.
You grumbled16 in your tents and said, "The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.
Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, 'The people are stronger and taller17 than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites18 there.' "
Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid19 of them.2030
The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight21 for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,
and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried22 you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."2332
In spite of this,24 you did not trust25 in the LORD your God,
who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day,26 to search27 out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.
When the LORD heard28 what you said, he was angry29 and solemnly swore:3035
"Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land31 I swore to give your forefathers,
except Caleb32 son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly.33"
Because of you the LORD became angry34 with me also and said, "You shall not enter35 it, either.
But your assistant, Joshua36 son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage37 him, because he will lead38 Israel to inherit39 it.
And the little ones that you said would be taken captive,40 your children who do not yet know41 good from bad--they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.
But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.a42"
Then you replied, "We have sinned against the LORD. We will go up and fight, as the LORD our God commanded us." So every one of you put on his weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.
But the LORD said to me, "Tell them, 'Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.' "4343
So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the LORD's command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country.
The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees44 and beat you down from Seir45 all the way to Hormah.4645
You came back and wept before the LORD,47 but he paid no attention48 to your weeping and turned a deaf ear49 to you.
And so you stayed in Kadesh50 many days--all the time you spent there.