They said: “O Moses! while they remain there, never shall we be able to enter, to the end of time. Go thou, and thy Lord, and fight ye two, while we sit here (and watch).”
. The advice of Joshua and Caleb, and the
proposals of Moses under divine instructions were
unpalatable to the crowd, whose prejudices were further
inflamed by the other ten men who had gone with
Joshua and Caleb.
They made an “evil report,” and were frightened by the
great stature of the Canaanites. The crowd was in open
rebellion, was prepared to stone Moses, Aaron, Joshua,
and Caleb, and return to Egypt.
Their reply to Moses was full of irony, insolence,
blasphemy, and cowardice. In effect they said:
“You talk of your God and all that: go with your
God and fight there if you like: we shall sit here
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. Microsoft Word – 005 Ma’ida.doc (quran4u.com)