Old Testament

The Pentateuch

What did the spies report to Moses?

The spies gave Moses some grapes, pomegranates, and figs they found in Canaan. So far, so good. Also, the spies told Moses that, indeed, the land flowed with milk and honey, but that the people who lived there were strong, and the towns were fortified. In addition to several other peoples, the spies said they saw Amalekites, a race of warrior giants, while they were there. Not so good.

Caleb, one of the twelve spies, told Moses, “Let us go up at once, and possess it: for we are well able to overcome it.” The other spies disagreed. “We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” (KJV, Numbers 13:30, 31) Caleb was outnumbered. The spies gave the Israelites a discouraging report of what they saw in Canaan.


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