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1 The LORD now said to Moses, 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Send men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to Israel. Send one leader from each of the twelve ancestral tribes." 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 did as the LORD commanded him. He sent out twelve men, all tribal leaders of Israel, from their camp in the wilderness of Paran. 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 the tribes and the names of the leaders: Tribe - Leader Reuben - Shammua son of Zaccur 4 These are their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zaccur;
5 Simeon - Shaphat son of Hori 5 from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori;
6 Judah - Caleb son of Jephunneh 6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;
7 Issachar - Igal son of Joseph 7 from the tribe of Issachar, Igal son of Joseph;
8 Ephraim - Hoshea son of Nun 8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun;
9 Benjamin - Palti son of Raphu 9 from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti son of Raphu;
10 Zebulun - Gaddiel son of Sodi 10 from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel son of Sodi;
11 Manasseh son of Joseph - Gaddi son of Susi 11 from the tribe of Manasseh (a tribe of Joseph), Gaddi son of Susi;
12 Dan - Ammiel son of Gemalli 12 from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel son of Gemalli;
13 Asher - Sethur son of Michael 13 from the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael;
14 Naphtali - Nahbi son of Vophsi 14 from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi son of Vophsi;
15 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 explore the land. By this time Moses had changed Hoshea's name to Joshua. 16 These are the names of the men Moses sent to explore the land. (Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.)
17 Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the land: "Go northward through the Negev 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 See what the land is like and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, 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 What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls or are they unprotected? 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 How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Enter the land boldly, and bring back samples of the crops you see." (It happened to be the season for harvesting 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 So they went up and explored the land from the wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. 21 So they went up and explored the land from the Desert of Zin as far as Rehob, toward Lebo Hamath.
22 Going northward, they passed first through the Negev and arrived at Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai -- all descendants of Anak -- lived. (The ancient town of Hebron was founded seven years before the Egyptian city of Zoan.) 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 came to what is now known as the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also took samples of the 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 At that time the Israelites renamed the valley Eshcol -- "cluster" -- because of the cluster of grapes they had cut there. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshcol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there.
25 After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned 25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.
26 to Moses, Aaron, and the people of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from 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 This was their report to Moses: "We arrived in the land you sent us to see, and it is indeed a magnificent country -- a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is some of its fruit as proof. 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 But the people living there are powerful, and their cities and towns are fortified and very large. We also saw the descendants of Anak who are living there! 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 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley." 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 But Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses. "Let's go at once to take the land," he said. "We can certainly conquer 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 other men who had explored the land with him answered, "We can't go up against them! They are 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 So they spread discouraging reports about the land among the Israelites: "The land we explored will swallow up any who go to live there. All the people we saw were 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 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. We felt like grasshoppers next to them, and that's what we looked like to them!" 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."