When Moses sent them to explore Canaan,1 he said, "Go up through the Negev2 and on into the hill country.318
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.4" (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)521
So they went up and explored the land from the Desert of Zin6 as far as Rehob,7 toward Leboa Hamath.822
They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron,9 where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai,10 the descendants of Anak,11 lived. (Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)1223
When they reached the Valley of Eshcol,b13 they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates14 and figs.1524
That place was called the Valley of Eshcol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there.
At the end of forty days16 they returned from exploring the land.17