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Numbers 13 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God spoke to Moses: 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Send men to scout out the country of Canaan that I am giving to the People of Israel. Send one man from each ancestral tribe, each one a tried-and-true leader in the tribe." 2 "Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders."
3 So Moses sent them off from the Wilderness of Paran at the command of God. All of them were leaders in Israel, one from each tribe. 3 So at the LORD's command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them were leaders of the Israelites.
4 These were their names: from Reuben: Shammua son of Zaccur 4 These are their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zaccur;
5 from Simeon: Shaphat son of Hori 5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori;
6 from Judah: Caleb son of Jephunneh 6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;
7 from Issachar: Igal son of Joseph 7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal son of Joseph;
8 from Ephraim: Hoshea son of Nun 8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun;
9 from Benjamin: Palti son of Raphu 9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti son of Raphu;
10 from Zebulun: Gaddiel son of Sodi 10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel son of Sodi;
11 from Manasseh (a Joseph tribe): Gaddi son of Susi 11 from the tribe of Manasseh (a tribe of Joseph), Gaddi son of Susi;
12 from Dan: Ammiel son of Gemalli 12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel son of Gemalli;
13 from Asher: Sethur son of Michael 13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael;
14 from Naphtali: Nahbi son of Vophsi 14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi son of Vophsi;
15 from Gad: Geuel son of Maki 15 from the tribe of Gad, Geuel son of Maki.
16 These are the names of the men Moses sent to scout out the land. Moses gave Hoshea (Salvation) son of Nun a new name - Joshua (God-Saves). 16 These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.)
17 When Moses sent them off to scout out Canaan, he said, "Go up through the Negev and then into the hill country. 17 When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, "Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country.
18 Look the land over, see what it is like. Assess the people: Are they strong or weak? Are there few or many? 18 See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many.
19 Observe the land: Is it pleasant or harsh? Describe the towns where they live: Are they open camps or fortified with walls? 19 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?
20 And the soil: Is it fertile or barren? Are there forests? And try to bring back a sample of the produce that grows there - this is the season for the first ripe grapes." 20 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." (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)
21 With that they were on their way. They scouted out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob toward Lebo Hamath. 21 So they went up and explored the land from the Desert of Zin as far as Rehob, toward Lebo Hamath.
22 Their route went through the Negev Desert to the town of Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, descendants of the giant Anak, lived there. Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt. 22 They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, lived. (Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
23 When they arrived at the Eshcol Valley they cut off a branch with a single cluster of grapes - it took two men to carry it - slung on a pole. They also picked some pomegranates and figs. 23 When they reached the Valley of Eshcol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs.
24 They named the place Eshcol Valley (Grape-Cluster-Valley) because of the huge cluster of grapes they had cut down there. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshcol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there.
25 After forty days of scouting out the land, they returned home. 25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.
26 They presented themselves before Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the People of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh. They reported to the whole congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. 26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land.
27 Then they told the story of their trip: 27 They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.
28 The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giant Anak. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
29 Amalekites are spread out in the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country; and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan." 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan."
30 Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, "Let's go up and take the land - now. We can do it." 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."
31 But the others said, "We can't attack those people; they're way stronger than we are." 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, "We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are."
32 They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, "We scouted out the land from one end to the other - it's a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
33 Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers." 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them."