1 19 "And we set out from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw, on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, as Yahweh our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. 1 20 And I said to you, 'You have come to the hill country of the Amorites, which Yahweh our God gives us. 1 21 Behold, Yahweh your God has set the land before you; go up, take possession, as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has told you; do not fear or be dismayed.' 1 22 Then all of you came near me, and said, 'Let us send men before us, that they may explore the land for us, and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up and the cities into which we shall come.' 1 23 The thing seemed good to me, and I took twelve men of you, one man for each tribe; 1 24 and they turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and spied it out. 1 25 And they took in their hands some of the fruit of the land and brought it down to us, and brought us word again, and said, 'It is a good land which Yahweh our God gives us.'
1 26 "Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of Yahweh your God; 1 27 and you murmured in your tents, and said, 'Because Yahweh hated us he has brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. 1 28 Whither are we going up? Our brethren have made our hearts melt, saying, "The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there." ' 1 29 Then I said to you, 'Do not be in dread or afraid of them. 1 30 Yahweh your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 1 31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how Yahweh your God bore you, as a man bears his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.' 1 32 Yet in spite of this word you did not believe Yahweh your God, 1 33 who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night, to show you by what way you should go, and in the cloud by day.