The L‑rd spoke to Moses saying, “Send out for yourself men who will scout the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel.” . . . They returned from scouting the land at the end of forty days. . . . They spread an [evil] report about the land which they had scouted. (Numbers 13:2, 25, 32)

The conflicting reports of the spies are reflected in discordant colors and contrasting light and darkness. Ten of the twelve spies returned from scouting out the land with disparaging reports. They say the land is fertile and rich, indicated here by the deep wine-red tones, but that the inhabitants are too strong to be defeated. This lack of trust and confidence casts shadows of despair. In contrast, Caleb and Joshua call upon the people to trust in the golden expanse of land that lies before them, but the people weep and lose faith in G‑d’s promise. The painting hints at the dark repercussions of this lack of faith. It will now take another 40 years and a new generation to enter the holy land.