Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

民数记 13

打探迦南

1耶和华对摩西说: “你要派十二位首领,每个支派一位,去打探我要赐给以色列人的迦南。” 摩西就按耶和华的吩咐,从巴兰旷野派出了十二位首领。 他们的名字如下:吕便支派撒刻的儿子沙姆亚, 西缅支派何利的儿子沙法, 犹大支派耶孚尼的儿子迦勒, 以萨迦支派约色的儿子以迦, 以法莲支派嫩的儿子何西阿, 便雅悯支派拉孚的儿子帕提, 10 西布伦支派梭底的儿子迦叠, 11 约瑟的子孙、玛拿西支派稣西的儿子迦底, 12 但支派基玛利的儿子亚米利, 13 亚设支派米迦勒的儿子西帖, 14 拿弗他利支派缚西的儿子拿比, 15 迦得支派玛基的儿子臼利。 16 以上是摩西派去打探迦南的人,他称嫩的儿子何西阿为约书亚。

17 摩西派他们去打探迦南,并嘱咐说:“你们先去南地,然后再进山区, 18 打探那地方,看看那里的居民是强是弱,是多是少; 19 那地方是好是坏,人们住的是坚固的城池还是不设防的营地; 20 土地是肥沃还是贫瘠,有没有树木。尽量带些当地的果子回来。”当时是葡萄初熟的季节。

21 于是,他们从荀旷野一直打探到哈马口附近的利合。 22 他们经南地到达希伯仑。希伯仑城比埃及的锁安城还要早建七年,那里住着亚衲人的子孙亚希幔、示筛和挞买。 23 他们来到以实各谷,在那里砍下一根葡萄枝,上面有一串葡萄,由两个人用杠子抬着,又采了一些石榴和无花果。 24 因为他们在那里砍了一串葡萄,所以就称那地方为以实各[a]谷。

25 过了四十天,他们打探完毕,返回营地。 26 他们来到巴兰旷野的加低斯向摩西、亚伦和以色列全体会众汇报,把当地的果子给大家看。 27 他们对摩西说:“我们照你的指示打探了那地方,果然是奶蜜之乡,这些都是那里的果子。 28 但那里的居民很强悍,城邑又大又坚固。我们在那里还见到亚衲人的子孙。 29 亚玛力人住在南地,赫人、耶布斯人和亚摩利人住在山区,迦南人住在海边和约旦河沿岸。” 30 迦勒让站在摩西面前的民众安静,然后说:“我们立刻去占领那地方吧!我们必能取胜。” 31 跟他一起去打探的人却说:“我们不能去攻打那些人,他们比我们强大。” 32 他们还危言耸听,说:“我们去打探的地方是吞吃居民之地,我们看见的人个个身材高大。 33 我们在那里看见了亚衲人的子孙,他们是巨人的后裔,我们跟他们相比就像蚱蜢,他们看我们也像蚱蜢。”

Notas al pie

  1. 13:24 以实各”意思是“一串”。

The Message

Numbers 13

Scouting Out Canaan

11-2 God spoke to Moses: “Send men to scout out the country of Canaan that I am giving to the People of Israel. Send one man from each ancestral tribe, each one a tried-and-true leader in the tribe.”

3-15 So Moses sent them off from the Wilderness of Paran at the command of God. All of them were leaders in Israel, one from each tribe. These were their names:

from Reuben: Shammua son of Zaccur
from Simeon: Shaphat son of Hori
from Judah: Caleb son of Jephunneh
from Issachar: Igal son of Joseph
from Ephraim: Hoshea son of Nun
from Benjamin: Palti son of Raphu
from Zebulun: Gaddiel son of Sodi
from Manasseh (a Joseph tribe): Gaddi son of Susi
from Dan: Ammiel son of Gemalli
from Asher: Sethur son of Michael
from Naphtali: Nahbi son of Vophsi
from Gad: Geuel son of Maki.

16 These are the names of the men Moses sent to scout out the land. Moses gave Hoshea (Salvation) son of Nun a new name—Joshua (God-Saves).

17-20 When Moses sent them off to scout out Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and then into the hill country. Look the land over, see what it is like. Assess the people: Are they strong or weak? Are there few or many? Observe the land: Is it pleasant or harsh? Describe the towns where they live: Are they open camps or fortified with walls? And the soil: Is it fertile or barren? Are there forests? And try to bring back a sample of the produce that grows there—this is the season for the first ripe grapes.”

21-25 With that they were on their way. They scouted out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob toward Lebo Hamath. Their route went through the Negev Desert to the town of Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, descendants of the giant Anak, lived there. Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt. When they arrived at the Eshcol Valley they cut off a branch with a single cluster of grapes—it took two men to carry it—slung on a pole. They also picked some pomegranates and figs. They named the place Eshcol Valley (Grape-Cluster-Valley) because of the huge cluster of grapes they had cut down there. After forty days of scouting out the land, they returned home.

26-27 They presented themselves before Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the People of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh. They reported to the whole congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told the story of their trip:

27-29 “We went to the land to which you sent us and, oh! It does flow with milk and honey! Just look at this fruit! The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giant Anak. Amalekites are spread out in the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country; and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan.”

30 Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.”

31-33 But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other—it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.”