SynopsisIn this passage, Moses recounts the sending out of spies, to spy out the Promised Land, before the Israelites went in to take possession of it. (This is referring to the story which originally happened in Numbers 13.)
The idea seemed good to Moses, so he went ahead and sent twelve men—one from each tribe—to spy out the land. They came back, and reported that the LORD was giving the Israelites a good land.
Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.”