"Then we set out from Horeb and 1went through all that great and terrifying wilderness that you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us. And 2we came to Kadesh-barnea.
And I said to you, 'You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us.
See, the LORD your God has set the land before you. Go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has told you. 3Do not fear or be dismayed.'
Then all of you came near me and said, 'Let us send men before us, that they may explore the land for us and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up and the cities into which we shall come.'
The thing seemed good to me, and 4I took twelve men from you, one man from each tribe.
And 5they turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and spied it out.
And they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land and brought it down to us, and brought us word again and said, 'It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.'
"Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God.
And 6you murmured in your tents and said, 'Because the LORD7hated us he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, 8to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
Where are we going up? 9Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, 10"The people are greater and taller than we. The cities are great and fortified up to heaven. And besides, we have seen 11the sons of the Anakim there."'
Then I said to you, 'Do not be in dread or afraid of them.
The LORD your God who goes before you 12will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes,
and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God 13carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.'
Yet in spite of this word 14you did not believe the LORD your God,
3315who went before you in the way 16to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go.