17 When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country.

Read Numbers 13:17 Using Other Translations

And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan and said to them, "Go up into the Negeb and go up into the hill country,
Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the land: “Go north through the Negev into the hill country.