With most of them (en toi pleiosin autwn). "A mournful understatement," for only two (Caleb and Joshua) actually reached the Promised Land ( Numbers 14:30-32 ). All the rest were rejected or adokimoi ( 1 Corinthians 9:27 ). Were overthrown (katestrwqhsan). First aorist passive indicative of katastrwnnumi, old compound verb, to stretch or spread down as of a couch, to lay low (Euripides), as if by a hurricane. Powerful picture of the desolation wrought by the years of disobedience and wanderings in the desert by this verb quoted from Numbers 14:16 .