19 "Then we set out from 1Horeb, and went through all that 2great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the 3hill country of the Amorites, just as the LORD our God had commanded us; and we came to 4Kadesh-barnea.
20 "I said to you, 'You have come to the hill country of the Amorites which the LORD our God is about to give us.
21 'See, the LORD your God has placed the land before you; go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. 5Do not fear or be dismayed.'
22 "6Then all of you approached me and said, 'Let us send men before us, that they may search out the land for us, and bring back to us word of the way by which we should go up and the cities which we shall enter.'
23 "The thing pleased * me and I took twelve * of your men, one man for each tribe.
24 "7They turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the valley of Eshcol and spied it out.
25 "Then they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought us back a report and said, 'It is a good land which the LORD our God is about to give us.'
26 "8Yet you were not willing to go up, but 9rebelled against the acommand of the LORD your God;
27 and 10you grumbled in your tents and said, 'Because the LORD hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us.
28 'Where can we go up? Our brethren have made our hearts melt, saying, "The people are bigger and taller than we; the cities are large and fortified to heaven. And besides, we saw 11the sons of the Anakim there."'
29 "Then I said to you, 'Do not be shocked, nor fear them.
30 'The LORD your God who goes before you will 12Himself fight on your behalf, bjust * as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,
31 and in the wilderness where you saw how 13the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.'
32 "But c14for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God,
33 15who goes before you on your way, 16to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go.
34 "Then the LORD heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and 17took an oath, saying,
35 '18Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers,
36 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and 19to him and to his sons I will give the land on which he has set foot, because * he has followed the LORD fully.'
37 "20The LORD was angry with me also on your account, saying, '21Not even you shall enter there.
38 'Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, 22he shall enter there; encourage him, for 23he will cause Israel to inherit it.
39 'Moreover, 24your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have 25no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it.
40 'But as for you, 26turn around and set out for the wilderness by the way to the dRed * Sea.'