I was 40 years old when Moses the LORD's servant sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout the land, and I brought back an honest report.
My brothers who went with me caused the people's hearts to melt with fear, but I remained loyal to the LORD my God.
On that day Moses promised me, 'The land where you have set foot will be an inheritance for you and your descendants forever, because you have remained loyal to the LORD my God.'
"As you see, the LORD has kept me alive [these] 45 years as He promised, since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Here I am today, 85 years old.
I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.