33 we saw the Nephilim there—the Anakites are part of the Nephilim—and we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them.”
v’-SHAM ra-EE-nu et ha-n’-fee-LEEM b’-NAY a-NAK min ha-n’-fee-LEEM va-n’-HEE v’-ay-NAY-nu ka-kha-ga-VEEM v’-KHAYN ha-YEE-nu b’-ay-nay-HEM
לג וְשָׁם רָאִינוּ אֶת־הַנְּפִילִים בְּנֵי עֲנָק מִן־הַנְּפִלִים וַנְּהִי בְעֵינֵינוּ כַּחֲגָבִים וְכֵן הָיִינוּ בְּעֵינֵיהֶם׃
13:33 And so we must have looked to them.
In comparison to the giants living in Canaan, the spies report that “we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them.” Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, a Hasidic leader in the nineteenth century, suggests that the sin of the spies was that they worried about what others thought of them. As emissaries of Hashem, they should have been concerned only with fulfilling their mission, despite how they might be perceived by the people around them. We all have a special mission, to spread God’s messages to the world. Since we know we are fulfilling Hashem’s work, we should not worry about what others will think about us.