Numbers 13:31
New International Version
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”

New Living Translation
But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”

English Standard Version
Then 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 are.”

Berean Study Bible
But the men who had gone up with him replied, “We cannot go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are!”

King James Bible
But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

New King James Version
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.”

New American Standard Bible
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, because they are too strong for us.”

NASB 1995
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.”

NASB 1977
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.”

Amplified Bible
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are too strong for us.”

Christian Standard Bible
But the men who had gone up with him responded, “We can’t attack the people because they are stronger than we are! ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the men who had gone up with him responded, “We can’t go up against the people because they are stronger than we are!”

American Standard Version
But the men that went up with him said, We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the men who went up with him were saying, “We cannot go up against the people because it is stronger than we.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the men that went up together with him said, We will not go up, for we shall not by any means be able to go up against the nation, for it is much stronger than we.

Contemporary English Version
But the other men replied, "Those people are much too strong for us."

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the others, that had been with him, said: No, we are not able to go up to this people, because they are stronger than we.

English Revised Version
But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

Good News Translation
But the men who had gone with Caleb said, "No, we are not strong enough to attack them; the people there are more powerful than we are."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the men who had gone with him said, "We can't attack those people! They're too strong for us!"

International Standard Version
"We can't attack those people," the men who were with him said, "because they're too strong compared to us."

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the men that went up with him said: 'We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.'

Literal Standard Version
And the men who have gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for it [is] stronger than we”;

NET Bible
But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against these people, because they are stronger than we are!"

New Heart English Bible
But the men who went up with him said, "We aren't able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we."

World English Bible
But the men who went up with him said, "We aren't able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we."

Young's Literal Translation
And the men who have gone up with him said, 'We are not able to go up against the people, for it is stronger than we;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reports of the Spies
30Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We must go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly conquer it!” 31But the men who had gone up with him replied, “We cannot go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are!” 32So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land that they had spied out: “The land we explored devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw there are great in stature.…

Cross References
Numbers 13:30
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, "We must go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly conquer it!"

Deuteronomy 1:28
Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying: 'The people are larger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the heavens. We even saw the descendants of the Anakim there.'"

Deuteronomy 9:1
Hear, O Israel: Today you are about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities fortified to the heavens.

1 Samuel 17:33
But Saul replied, "You cannot go out against this Philistine to fight him. You are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth."


Treasury of Scripture

But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

Numbers 32:9
For when they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, that they should not go into the land which the LORD had given them.

Deuteronomy 1:28
Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.

Joshua 14:8
Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.









Verse 31. - For they are stronger than we. In point of numbers the enormous superiority of the Israelites over any combination likely to oppose them must have been evident to the most cowardly. But the existence of numerous walled and fortified towns was (apart from Divine aid) an almost insuperable obstacle to a people wholly ignorant of artillery or of siege operations; and the presence of giants was exceedingly terrifying in an age when battles were a series of personal encounters (cf. 1 Samuel 17:11, 24).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But the men
וְהָ֨אֲנָשִׁ֜ים (wə·hā·’ă·nā·šîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

who
אֲשֶׁר־ (’ă·šer-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

had gone up
עָל֤וּ (‘ā·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

with him
עִמּוֹ֙ (‘im·mōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

replied,
אָֽמְר֔וּ (’ā·mə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“We cannot
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

go up
לַעֲל֣וֹת (la·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

against
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the people,
הָעָ֑ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

for
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they
ה֖וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

are stronger
חָזָ֥ק (ḥā·zāq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2389: Strong, stout, mighty

than we are!”
מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃ (mim·men·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of


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