14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
Kadesh-barnea is, by the unbelief of Israel there, and the divine comment on that unbelief Numbers 14:22-38 ; Deuteronomy 1:19-40 ; 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 ; Hebrews 3:12-19 invested with immense spiritual significance. The people had faith to sprinkle the blood of atonement Exodus 12:28 and to come out of Egypt (the world), but had not faith to enter their Canaan rest. Therefore, though redeemed, they were a forty years' grief to Jehovah. The spiritual application is made in Heb. 6:3-11 :
(See Scofield "Hebrews 6:4") .