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Passage: Numbers 13:21-24

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").