Where can we go up? Our brothers have made our hearts to melt, saying, “The people are stronger and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven, and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.”’ Bible see other translations

“the sons of the Anakim there.” Anak was a “Fallen One,” one of the Nephilim. His father was Arba (Josh. 15:13), and his descendants were the Anakim. The term “Anakim” comes from Anak, the son of Arba, and Deuteronomy 1:28 is the first use of “Anakim” in the Bible (cp. Deut. 2:10, 11, 21; 9:2; Josh. 11:21, 22; 14:12, 15).

[For more on the Nephilim, see commentary on Genesis 6:4.]

Commentary for: Deuteronomy 1:28