All of them were men of distinction;
they were the heads of the children of Israel.
Not all men of distinction are worthy of their title.
Just ask the woman who recalls being raped by
the President of the United States twenty three years ago
in a department store. No security footage,
No police report – just a fear of his two hundred lawyers
and a memory of how large a man of distinction he was.
You shall see what [kind of] land it is, and the people who
inhabit it; are they strong or weak?
The sub-text here is can we take them?
Is this land they live on, which has been promised to us
take-able. Do they live in tents or fortresses?
We want to know if this is going to be difficult
redeeming this promise, and also, our spies
are asked to see if there are any trees.
Because if we do take this land
this promised land
If we kill the people there
If we tear down their tents
and seize their fortresses
will we have anything to eat for our efforts?
It is the season where grapes first
begin to ripen