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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Numbers 13:1-33


  • The 12 spies sent into Canaan (1-24)

  • Bad report from ten spies (25-33)

13  Jehovah now spoke to Moses, saying:  “Send out men to spy* out the land of Ca′naan, which I am giving to the Israelites. You are to send out one man from each ancestral tribe, each one a chieftain+ among them.”+  So Moses sent them out from the wilderness of Pa′ran+ at the order of Jehovah. All the men were heads of the Israelites.  These are their names: of the tribe of Reu′ben, Sham·mu′a the son of Zac′cur;  of the tribe of Sim′e·on, Sha′phat the son of Ho′ri;  of the tribe of Judah, Ca′leb+ the son of Je·phun′neh;  of the tribe of Is′sa·char, I′gal the son of Joseph;  of the tribe of E′phra·im, Ho·she′a+ the son of Nun;  of the tribe of Benjamin, Pal′ti the son of Ra′phu; 10  of the tribe of Zeb′u·lun, Gad′di·el the son of So′di; 11  of the tribe of Joseph,+ for the tribe of Ma·nas′seh,+ Gad′di the son of Su′si; 12  of the tribe of Dan, Am′mi·el the son of Ge·mal′li; 13  of the tribe of Ash′er, Se′thur the son of Mi′cha·el; 14  of the tribe of Naph′ta·li, Nah′bi the son of Voph′si; 15  of the tribe of Gad, Geu′el the son of Ma′chi. 16  These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses gave the name Joshua*+ to Ho·she′a the son of Nun. 17  When Moses was sending them to spy out the land of Ca′naan, he said to them: “Go up there into the Neg′eb, and then go up into the mountainous region.+ 18  You must see what kind of land it is+ and whether the people who are dwelling in it are strong or weak, few or many, 19  and whether the land is good or bad and whether the cities they are dwelling in are encampments or fortifications. 20  And find out whether the land is rich* or poor*+ and whether there are trees in it or not. You must be courageous+ and take some of the fruitage of the land.” Now it was the season of the first ripe grapes.+ 21  So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin+ to Re′hob+ to Le′bo-ha′math.*+ 22  When they went up into the Neg′eb, they came to Heb′ron,+ where A·hi′man, She′shai, and Tal′mai,+ the An′a·kim,+ were living. Incidentally, Heb′ron had been built seven years before Zo′an of Egypt. 23  When they came to the Valley* of Esh′col,+ there they cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes, which two of the men had to carry on a bar, as well as some of the pomegranates and figs.+ 24  They called that place the Valley* of Esh′col*+ because of the cluster that the Israelites cut down from there. 25  At the end of 40 days,+ they returned from spying out the land. 26  So they came back to Moses and Aaron and all the assembly of the Israelites in the wilderness of Pa′ran, at Ka′desh.+ They brought back a report to all the assembly and showed them the fruitage of the land. 27  This is what they reported to Moses: “We entered the land into which you sent us, and it is indeed flowing with milk and honey,+ and this is its fruitage.+ 28  Nevertheless, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the fortified cities are very great. We also saw the An′a·kim there.+ 29  The A·mal′ek·ites+ are dwelling in the land of the Neg′eb,+ and the Hit′tites, the Jeb′u·sites,+ and the Am′or·ites+ are dwelling in the mountainous region, and the Ca′naan·ites+ are dwelling by the sea+ and along the Jordan.” 30  Then Ca′leb tried to calm the people as they stood before Moses by saying: “Let us go up immediately, and we are sure to take possession of it, because we can surely conquer it.”+ 31  But the men who went up with him said: “We are not able to go up against the people, because they are stronger than we are.”+ 32  And they kept on giving the Israelites a bad report+ about the land that they had spied out, saying: “The land that we passed through to spy out is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of extraordinary size.+ 33  And there we saw the Neph′i·lim, the sons of A′nak,+ who are from* the Neph′i·lim, and in comparison we seemed like grasshoppers, both to us and to them.”


Or “to scout.”
Or “Jehoshua,” meaning “Jehovah Is Salvation.”
Lit., “fat.”
Lit., “lean.”
Or “the entrance of Hamath.”
Or “Wadi.”
Or “Wadi.”
Meaning “Cluster of Grapes.”
Or “descendants of.”

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