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Verse 26

"Yet ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of Jehovah your God: and ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because Jehovah hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. Whither are we going up? our brethren have made our heart to melt, saying, The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there. Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. Jehovah your God who goeth before you, he will fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how Jehovah thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came unto this place. Yet in this thing ye did not believe Jehovah your God, who went before you in the way, to seek you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night to show you by what way ye should go, and in the cloud by day."

"Fortified up to heaven ..." This is supposed to be a reference to the unusually high walls of many fortified places in that area in those times. Jamieson relates how the prevalence of marauding Arabs on horseback led to the building of very high walls of St. Catherine's monastery at the foot of Sinai, which are, "so lofty that travelers are drawn up in a basket by a pulley."[9]

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