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The Spies’ Reports

13:26 They came back27 to Moses and Aaron and to the whole community of the Israelites in the wilderness of Paran at Kadesh.28 They reported29 to the whole community and showed the fruit of the land. 13:27 They told Moses,30 “We went to the land where you sent us.31 It is indeed flowing with milk and honey,32 and this is its fruit. 13:28 But33 the inhabitants34 are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. Moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 13:29 The Amalekites live in the land of the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the banks35 of the Jordan.”36

13:30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses, saying, “Let us go up37 and occupy it,38 for we are well able to conquer it.”39 13:31 But the men40 who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against these people, because they are stronger than we are!” 13:32 Then they presented the Israelites with a discouraging41 report of the land they had investigated, saying, “The land that we passed through42 to investigate is a land that devours43 its inhabitants.44 All the people we saw there45 are of great stature. 13:33 We even saw the Nephilim46 there (the descendants of Anak came from the Nephilim), and we seemed liked grasshoppers both to ourselves47 and to them.”48


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