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27 They told Moses,[a] “We went to the land where you sent us.[b] It is indeed flowing with milk and honey,[c] and this is its fruit. 28 But[d] the inhabitants[e] are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. Moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the land of the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea and along the banks[f] of the Jordan.”[g]

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  1. Numbers 13:27 tn Heb “told him and said.” The referent (Moses) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  2. Numbers 13:27 tn The relative clause modifies “the land.” It is constructed with the relative and the verb: “where you sent us.”
  3. Numbers 13:27 sn This is the common expression for the material abundance of the land (see further, F. C. Fensham, “An Ancient Tradition of the Fertility of Palestine,” PEQ 98 [1966]: 166-67).
  4. Numbers 13:28 tn The word (אֶפֶס, ʾefes) forms a very strong adversative. The land was indeed rich and fruitful, but….”
  5. Numbers 13:28 tn Heb “the people who are living in the land.”
  6. Numbers 13:29 tn Heb “by the side [hand] of.”
  7. Numbers 13:29 sn For more discussion on these people groups, see D. J. Wiseman, ed., Peoples of Old Testament Times.

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