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Numbers 13:32

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13:32 Then they presented the Israelites with a discouraging 1  report of the land they had investigated, saying, “The land that we passed through 2  to investigate is a land that devours 3  its inhabitants. 4  All the people we saw there 5  are of great stature.

1 tn Or “an evil report,” i.e., one that was a defamation of the grace of God.

2 tn Heb “which we passed over in it”; the pronoun on the preposition serves as a resumptive pronoun for the relative, and need not be translated literally.

3 tn The verb is the feminine singular participle from אָכַל (’akhal); it modifies the land as a “devouring land,” a bold figure for the difficulty of living in the place.

4 sn The expression has been interpreted in a number of ways by commentators, such as that the land was infertile, that the Canaanites were cannibals, that it was a land filled with warlike dissensions, or that it denotes a land geared for battle. It may be that they intended the land to seem infertile and insecure.

5 tn Heb “in its midst.”



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