Bible: Numbers 13:25-14:10

13:25 They returned from investigating the land after forty days.

The Spies’ Reports

13:26 They came back 1  to Moses and Aaron and to the whole community of the Israelites in the wilderness of Paran at Kadesh. 2  They reported 3  to the whole community and showed the fruit of the land. 13:27 They told Moses, 4  “We went to the land where you sent us. 5  It is indeed flowing with milk and honey, 6  and this is its fruit. 13:28 But 7  the inhabitants 8  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 banks 9  of the Jordan.” 10 

13:30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses, saying, “Let us go up 11  and occupy it, 12  for we are well able to conquer it.” 13  13:31 But the men 14  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 discouraging 15  report of the land they had investigated, saying, “The land that we passed through 16  to investigate is a land that devours 17  its inhabitants. 18  All the people we saw there 19  are of great stature. 13:33 We even saw the Nephilim 20  there (the descendants of Anak came from the Nephilim), and we seemed liked grasshoppers both to ourselves 21  and to them.” 22 


The Israelites Respond in Unbelief


Then all the community raised a loud cry, 24  and the people wept 25  that night. 14:2 And all the Israelites murmured 26  against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died 27  in the land of Egypt, or if only we had perished 28  in this wilderness! 14:3 Why has the Lord brought us into this land only to be killed by the sword, that our wives and our children should become plunder? Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt? 14:4 So they said to one another, 29 Let’s appoint 30  a leader 31  and return 32  to Egypt.”

14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell down with their faces to the ground 33  before the whole assembled community 34  of the Israelites. 14:6 And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, two of those who had investigated the land, tore their garments. 14:7 They said to the whole community of the Israelites, “The land we passed through to investigate is an exceedingly 35  good land. 14:8 If the Lord delights in us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us – a land that is flowing with milk and honey. 36  14:9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, and do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. 37  Their protection 38  has turned aside from them, but the Lord is with us. Do not fear them!

14:10 However, the whole community threatened to stone them. 39  But 40  the glory 41  of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites at the tent 42  of meeting.

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