These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore1 the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun2 the name Joshua.)317
When Moses sent them to explore Canaan,4 he said, "Go up through the Negev5 and on into the hill country.618
See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many.
What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified?
How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.7" (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)8