1Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, 2'Send out men, one from each tribe, to reconnoitre the land of Canaan which I am giving theIsraelites. Each of them is to be a leading man of the tribe.' 3At Yahweh's order, Moses sent them from the desert of Paran. All of them were leading men of Israel. 4These were their names: For the tribe of Reuben, Shammua son of Zaccur: 5for the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat son of Hori; 6for the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh; 7for the tribe of of Issachar, Igal son of Joseph; 8for the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun; 9for the tribe of Benjamin, Palti son of Raphu; 10for the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel son of Sodi; 11for the tribe of Joseph, for the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi son of Susi; 12for the tribe of Dan, Ammiel son of Gemal i; 13for the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael; 14for the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi son of Vophsi; 15for the tribe of Gad, Geuel son of Machi. 16Such were the names of the men whom Moses sent to reconnoitre the country. Moses then gaveHoshea son of Nun the name Joshua. 17Moses sent them to reconnoitre the land of Canaan, 'Go up into the Negeb,' he said, 'then go up intothe highlands. 18See what sort of country it is, and what sort of people the inhabitants are, whether they are strong orweak, few or many, 19what sort of land they live on, whether it is good or poor; what sort of towns they live in, whether theyare open or fortified; 20what sort of land it is, fertile or barren, wooded or open. Be bold, and bring back some of thecountry's produce.' It was the season for early grapes. 21They went up and reconnoitred the country from the desert of Zin to Rehob, the Pass of Hamath. 22They went up by way of the Negeb as far as Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, theAnakim, lived. (Hebron was founded seven years before Tanis in Egypt.) 23Reaching the Vale of Eshcol, there they lopped off a vine branch with a cluster of grapes, which twoof them carried away on a pole, as wel as pomegranates and figs. 24This place was called the Vale of Eshcol after the cluster which the Israelites cut there. 25After forty days they returned from reconnoitring the country. 26Making their way to Moses, Aaron and the whole community of Israel, in the desert of Paran, atKadesh, they made their report to them and the whole community, and displayed the country's produce. 27This was the report they gave: 'We made our way into the country where you sent us. It does indeedflow with milk and honey; here is what it produces. 28At the same time, its inhabitants are a powerful people; the towns are fortified and very big; yes, andwe saw the Anakim there. 29The Amalekites occupy the Negeb area, the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites the highlands, and theCanaanites the sea coast and the banks of the Jordan.' 30Caleb called the people round Moses to silence and then said, 'We must march in immediately andtake it; we are certainly able to conquer it.' 31But the men who had been with him said, 'We cannot attack these people; they are stronger than weare.' 32And they began disparaging to the Israelites the country they had reconnoitred, saying, 'The countrywe have been to reconnoitre is a country that devours its inhabitants. Al the people we saw there were ofenormous size. 33We saw giants there too (the Anakim, descended from the Giants). We felt like grasshoppers, andso we seemed to them.'
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