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Numbers 13:21-24 – Grapes, Pomegranates, and Figs

Summary

The spies sent to investigate the land return with an abundance of produce.

Analysis

Moses sends "spies" into Canaan to investigate the land, to see whether it is "good or bad" (13:19). The land proves to be good, indeed. A single cluster of grapes requires two men to carry it on a pole between them! Pomegranates and figs abound as well. The story gives the name to the place to which the spies were sent: Wadi Eshcol ("eshcol" in Hebrew means "a cluster of grapes").

Numbers 13:21-24

21 So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. 22They went up into the Negeb, and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the Anakites, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23And they came to the Wadi Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them. They also brought some pomegranates and figs. 24That place was called the Wadi Eshcol,* because of the cluster that the Israelites cut down from there.

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