Israel's Refusal to Enter the Land

Deuteronomy 1

19 "So we departed from Horeb, t and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the mountains of the Amorites, as the LORD our God had commanded us. Then u we came to Kadesh Barnea. 20 "And I said to you, 'You have come to the mountains of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. 21 'Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; v do not fear or be discouraged.' 22 "And every one of you came near to me and said, 'Let us send men before us, and let them search out the land for us, and bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up, and of the cities into which we shall come.' 23 "The plan pleased me well; so w I took twelve of your men, one man from each tribe. 24 x "And they departed and went up into the mountains, and came to the Valley of Eshcol, and spied it out. 25 "They also took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought back word to us, saying, 'It is a y good land which the LORD our God is giving us.'

26 z "Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; 27 "and you a complained in your tents, and said, 'Because the LORD b hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. 28 'Where can we go up? Our brethren have 1 discouraged our hearts, saying, c "The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the d Anakim there." ' 29 "Then I said to you, 'Do not be terrified, e or afraid of them. 30 f 'The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 'and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a g man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.' 32 "Yet, for all that, h you did not believe the LORD your God, 33 i "who went in the way before you j to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in the fire by night and in the cloud by day.

  1. Cross References
    Numbers 10:12
    And the children of Israel set out from the Wilderness of Sinai on their journeys; then the cloud settled down in the Wilderness of Paran.
    Deuteronomy 2:7
    "For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing."'
    Deuteronomy 8:15
    Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock.
    Deuteronomy 32:10
    He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
    Jeremiah 2:6
    Neither did they say, 'Where is the LORD, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and pits, Through a land of drought and the shadow of death, Through a land that no one crossed And where no one dwelt?
  2. Cross References
    Numbers 13:26
    Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
  3. Cross References
    Joshua 1:6
    Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
    Joshua 1:9
    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
  4. Cross References
    Numbers 13:2
    "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."
    Numbers 13:3
    So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.
  5. Cross References
    Numbers 13:21 - 25
    So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath.
  6. Cross References
    Numbers 13:27
    Then they told him, and said: "We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.
  7. Cross References
    Numbers 14:1 - 4
    So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.
    Psalms 106:24
    Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 106:25
    But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the LORD.
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 9:28
    'lest the land from which You brought us should say, "Because the LORD was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness."
  10. Cross References
    Numbers 13:28
    Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
    Numbers 13:31 - 33
    But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.
    Deuteronomy 9:1
    Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven.
    Deuteronomy 9:2
    "a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, 'Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?'
  11. Cross References
    Numbers 13:28
    Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
  12. Cross References
    Numbers 14:9
    "Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."
    Deuteronomy 7:18
    You shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 14:14
    "The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."
    Deuteronomy 3:22
    'You must not fear them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you.'
    Deuteronomy 20:4
    'for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.'
    Nehemiah 4:20
    "Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us."
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:10 - 12
    He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.
    Isaiah 46:3
    Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, Who have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the womb:
    Isaiah 46:4
    Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
    Isaiah 63:9
    In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old.
    Hosea 11:3
    I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them.
  15. Cross References
    Numbers 14:11
    Then the LORD said to Moses: "How long will the...
    Numbers 20:12
    Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, "Becaus...
    Psalms 106:24
    Then they despised the pleasant land; They did ...
    Hebrews 3:9
    Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw...
    Hebrews 3:10
    Therefore I was angry with that generation, And...
    Hebrews 3:16 - 19
    For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it...
    Hebrews 4:1
    Therefore, since a promise remains of entering ...
    Hebrews 4:2
    For indeed the gospel was preached to us as wel...
  16. Cross References
    Exodus 13:21
    And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
    Numbers 9:15 - 23
    Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire.
    Nehemiah 9:12
    Moreover You led them by day with a cloudy pillar, And by night with a pillar of fire, To give them light on the road Which they should travel.
    Psalms 78:14
    In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire.
  17. Cross References
    Numbers 10:33
    So they departed from the mountain of the LORD on a journey of three days; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them for the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them.
    Ezekiel 20:6
    On that day I raised My hand in an oath to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, 'flowing with milk and honey,' the glory of all lands.
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