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SPIES (Heb. rāgal, to travel by foot). The custom of sending secret agents to discover facts about an enemy is age-old. The Hebrew word for a spy is suggested by the secrecy with which he did his work—he went stealthily. Joseph accused his brothers of being spies (
SPIES (מְרַגְּלִים, תָּרִ֖ים; NT κατασκόπους, ἐγκαθέτους, all meaning spies). Persons whose mission is to gather information secretly in a hostile place.
In the NT, spies are alluded to twice. The scribes and chief priests sent spies to Jesus (
R. de Vaux, Ancient Israel (1965), 213-240.