Twelve spies sent to Canaan
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
13:2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto
the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man,
every one a ruler among them.
And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran:
all those men were heads of the children of Israel.
And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of
Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.
Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.
Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun.
Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.
Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.
Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of
Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.
Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.
Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.
Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.
These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And
Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.
And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get
you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
God said to Moses,
Send men to search the land of Canaan, one man from each tribe of Israel. 
So Moses sent twelve men, one from each tribe, to spy on the land of Canaan.
And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein,
whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
13:19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and
what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong
13:20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood
therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the
land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.
Moses said to the twelve spies,
See the land. Find out what is in it, who dwells there, and if they are stong or weak, few or many.
See if the land is fat or lean, and whether it is forested or not. Bring back some of its fruit.
So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto
Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman,
Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven
years before Zoan in Egypt.)
So the twelve spies went to search the land.
And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch
with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and
they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.
The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes
which the children of Israel cut down from thence.
While there, they found a single cluster of grapes that was so heavy it took two men to carry it. 
And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
The twelve spies returned from searching the land after forty days
And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation
of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and
brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them
the fruit of the land.
And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest
us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
They reported to Moses, saying,
The land flows with milk and honey.
Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities
are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the
Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites
dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
But the people are strong, and the cities are walled.
And we saw the children of Anak there. 
And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once,
and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
Caleb silenced the people and said,
Let us go possess the land. We can do it. 
But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against
the people; for they are stronger than we.
And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched
unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to
search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the
people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were
in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
But the other spies said,
We won't be able to fight against those people; they are stronger that us.
There were giants there, sons of Anak.
We were the size of grasshoppers compared to them. 
- Every tribe of their fathers (v.2)
What were the 12 (or 13) tribes of Israel?
- One cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff (v.22)
I guess that's what you'd expect, though,
since they were in the land of giants. (See verses 32-33.)
- We saw the children of Anak there. (v.28)
- Caleb ... said, Let us go up at once, and possess it. (v.30)
Who argued in favor of occupying Canaan during the Exodus?
- We saw the giants, the sons of Anak ... and we were in our own
sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (v.33)
This statement may have been figurative, hyperbole, typical biblical
exaggeration, or an actual description of the sons of Anak, in which case they must have been
about 100 meters tall.
These are the same giants (the Nephilum) that resulted
when the "sons of God" mated with "the daughters of men" in
Of course, these superhuman god-men should
have been destroyed in the flood. So what are they doing still alive?
Did everyone die in the flood?
What the Bible says about giants.
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- God's 17th Killing:
Moses talks God out of killing several million Jews (so God kills 10 other guys instead) 13:17-18,
- The good people in the Bible
- Slate Blogs the Bible by David Plotz
- In Which I Discover the Source of All Jewish Comedy