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Numbers 13:1-33

13  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 2*  “Send men who shall reconnoiter the country of Canaan which I am giving to the sons of Israel: one man per tribe you shall send, each a prince among them.” 3  And Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran by Jehovah’s direction, all of them men that were heads of the sons of Israel. 4*  And these are their names: for the tribe of Reuben, Shammuaʽ the son of Zaccur; 5  for the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori; 6  for the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh; 7*  for the tribe of Issacar, Igal the son of Joseph; 8  for the tribe of Ephraim, Hosheaʽ the son of Nun; 9  for the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu; 10  for the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi; 11  for the tribe of Joseph, for the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi; 12  for the tribe of Dan, ʽAmmiel the son of Gemalli; 13  for the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Micael; 14  for the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi; 15  for the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Maki. 16  These are the names of the men Moses sent to reconnoiter the country; and Moses called Hosheaʽ the son of Nun “Joshuaʽ.” 17  And Moses sent them to reconnoiter the country of Canaan, and said to them “Go up here into the South and up into the highland, 18  and see what the country is and whether the people living in it are strong or feeble, few or numerous, 19  and what kind of country it is they live in, whether good or bad, and what kind of cities they live in, in camps or in fortified towns, 20  and what the country is like, whether it is fat or lean, whether it has wood in it or not; and do your best to get some of the fruit of the country.” (The season was that of the earliest grapes.) 21  And they went up and reconnoitered the country from the wilderness of Sin to Rehob in Lebo-Hamath. 22*  And they went up in the South and came to Hebron; there lived Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the breed of the ʽAnak. (Hebron was built seven years before Soʽan in Egypt.) 23  And they came to Cluster Arroyo, and cut from there a vine-branch and one cluster of grapes, which they carried on a bar with two carriers, and some of the pomegranates and the figs. 24  That place is called Cluster Arroyo with reference to the cluster the sons of Israel cut from there. 25  And they came back from reconnoitering the country at the end of forty days. 26  And they went from there and came to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the sons of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran, and made their report to them and all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the country; 27  and they told him the story, “We went into the country you sent us to, and it does run milk and honey; and this is its fruit. 28  The people that inhabits the country is strong, though, and the cities are fortified, very large; and we saw the breed of the ʽAnak there too. 29  The ʽAmalekites live in the South, and the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Amorites live in the highland, and the Canaanites live by the sea and the bank of the Jordan.” 30*  And Caleb hushed the people and brought them to Moses and said “Let us go on up and take possession of it, because we shall be quite able to.” 31  But the men that had gone up with him said “We cannot go up to the people, because they are stronger than we are,” 32  and told tales to the sons of Israel about the country they had reconnoitered, saying “The country we went through to reconnoiter it is a country that eats up its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it were tall; 33*  and we saw the Nephilim there, and we looked to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we did to them.”


13:2 Lit. one man each for the tribe of his fathers
13:4-14 The forms of the names differ in different ancient copies
13:7 Conj. Igal the son of *****; for the sons of Joseph, for the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi and omit verse 11
13:22 Lit. there were Ahiman
13:30 Lit. hushed the people to Moses Unc.; susp.
13:33 Var. the Nephilim there (the sons of ʽAnak are Nephilim), and