And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
a. ASV: And they returned from spying out the land at the end of forty days.
b. YLT: And they turn back from spying the land at the end of forty days.
c. Amplified Bible Classic: And they returned from scouting out the land after forty days.
d. Septuagint: And they returned from thence, having surveyed the land, after forty days.
e. Stone Edition Torah/Prophets/Writings: They returned from spying out the Land at the end of forty days.
1. And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
a. [And they] returned [Strong: 7725 shûwb, shoob; a primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again:—((break, build, circumcise, dig, do anything, do evil, feed, lay down, lie down, lodge, make, rejoice, send, take, weep)) × again, (cause to) answer ( again), × in any case (wise), × at all, averse, bring (again, back, home again), call (to mind), carry again (back), cease, × certainly, come again (back), × consider, continually, convert, deliver (again), deny, draw back, fetch home again, × fro, get (oneself) (back) again, × give (again), go again (back, home), (go) out, hinder, let, (see) more, × needs, be past, × pay, pervert, pull in again, put (again, up again), recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, render (again), requite, rescue, restore, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return, reverse, reward, say nay, send back, set again, slide back, still, × surely, take back (off), (cause to, make to) turn (again, self again, away, back, back again, backward, from, off), withdraw.]
b. [from] searching [Strong: 8446 tûwr, toor; a primitive root; to meander (causatively, guide) about, especially for trade or reconnoitring:—chap(-man), sent to descry, be excellent, merchant(-man), search (out), seek, (e-) spy (out).]
c. [of the] land [Strong: 776 ʼerets, eh'-rets; from an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land):—× common, country, earth, field, ground, land, × natins, way, + wilderness, world.]
d. after [Strong: 7093 qêts, kates; contracted from H7112; an extremity; adverbially (with prepositional prefix) after:— after, (utmost) border, end, (in-) finite, × process.]
e. forty [Strong: 705 ʼarbâʻîym, ar-baw-eem'; multiple of H702; forty:—forty.]
f. days [Strong: 3117 yôwm, yome; from an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb):—age, always, chronicles, continually(-ance), daily, ((birth-), each, to) day, (now a, two) days (agone), elder, × end, evening, (for) ever(-lasting, -more), × full, life, as (so) long as (... live), (even) now, old, outlived, perpetually, presently, remaineth, ×required, season, × since, space, then, (process of) time, as at other times, in trouble, weather, (as) when, (a, the, within a) while (that), × whole ( age), (full) year(-ly), younger.]
1). Looking at a map they travelled almost 400 miles one way. Moody Atlas of the Bible has the spies travelling about 50 miles north of Damascus. This kind of reconnaissance would easily take 40 days. Going up through Hebron they would see the giant sons of Anak. They also brought back some of the fruits of the land, figs and pomegranates. One cluster of grapes was so large it had to be carried by two men.