13 1AND THE Lord said to Moses, 2Send men to explore and scout out [for yourselves] the land of Canaan, which I give to the Israelites. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader or head among them. 3So Moses by the command of the Lord sent scouts from the Wilderness of Paran, all of them men who were heads of the Israelites. 4These were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zaccur; 5Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori; 6Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh; 7Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal son of Joseph; 8Of the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea [that is, Joshua] son of Nun; 9Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti son of Raphu; 10Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel son of Sodi; 11Of the tribe of Joseph, that is, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi son of Susi; 12Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel son of Gemalli; 13Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael; 14Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi son of Vophsi; 15Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel son of Machi. 16These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to explore and scout out the land. And Moses called Hoshea son of Nun, Joshua. 17Moses sent them to scout out the land of Canaan, and said to them, Get up this way by the South (the Negeb) and go up into the hill country, 18And see what the land is and whether the people who dwell there are strong or weak, few or many, 19And whether the land they live in is good or bad, and whether the cities they dwell in are camps or strongholds, 20And what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is timber on it or not. And be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes. 21So they went up and scouted through the land from the Wilderness of Zin to Rehob, to the entrance of Hamath. 22And then went up into the South (the Negeb) and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai [probably three tribes of] the sons of Anak were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23And they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two [of them]; they brought also some pomegranates and figs. 24That place was called the Valley of Eshcol [cluster] because of the cluster which the Israelites cut down there. 25And they returned from scouting out the land after forty days. 26They came to Moses and Aaron and to all the Israelite congregation in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh, and brought them word, and showed them the land’s fruit. 27They told Moses, We came to the land to which you sent us; surely it flows with milk and honey. This is its fruit. 28But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are [H]fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage]. 29Amalek dwells in the land of the South (the Negeb); the Hittite, the Jebusite, and the Amorite dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea and along by the side of the Jordan [River]. 30Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it. 31But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are. 32So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. 33There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
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