Deuteronomy 23:5
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New International Version
However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.

New Living Translation
But the LORD your God refused to listen to Balaam. He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the LORD your God loves you.

English Standard Version
But the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam; instead the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loved you.

New American Standard Bible
"Nevertheless, the LORD your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you.

King James Bible
Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but He turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you.

International Standard Version
However, the LORD your God didn't listen to Balaam. The LORD your God turned Balaam's curse into a blessing, because the LORD your God loves you.

NET Bible
But the LORD your God refused to listen to Balaam and changed the curse to a blessing, for the LORD your God loves you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the LORD your God refused to listen to Balaam. Instead, he turned Balaam's curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam, but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee because the LORD thy God loved thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless the LORD your God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing unto you, because the LORD your God loved you.

American King James Version
Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam; but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing to you, because the LORD your God loved you.

American Standard Version
Nevertheless Jehovah thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but Jehovah thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because Jehovah thy God loved thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord thy God would not hear Balaam, and he turned his cursing into thy blessing, because he loved thee.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jehovah thy God would not listen to Balaam; and Jehovah thy God turned the curse into blessing unto thee, because Jehovah thy God loved thee.

English Revised Version
Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless, the LORD thy God would not hearken to Balaam: but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing to thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

World English Bible
Nevertheless Yahweh your God wouldn't listen to Balaam; but Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing to you, because Yahweh your God loved you.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah thy God hath not been willing to hearken unto Balaam, and Jehovah thy God doth turn for thee the reviling to a blessing, because Jehovah thy God hath loved thee;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:1-8 We ought to value the privileges of God's people, both for ourselves and for our children, above all other advantages. No personal blemishes, no crimes of our forefathers, no difference of nation, shuts us out under the Christian dispensation. But an unsound heart will deprive us of blessings; and a bad example, or an unsuitable marriage, may shut our children from them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Nevertheless, the Lord thy God would not hearken unto Balaam,.... To his solicitations, and the methods he took to prevail on the Lord to suffer him to curse Israel, which he gladly would have done for the sake of Balak's reward:

but the Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee; in the very mouth of Balaam, as the Targum of Jonathan; for when he opened his mouth and Balak expected he would have cursed Israel, and he intended it, could he have been permitted, the Lord overruled his tongue, and put such words into his mouth, that instead of cursing Israel, he blessed him; see Numbers 23:11,

because the Lord thy God loved thee; and therefore would not suffer them to be cursed; for whom the Lord loves they are blessed, and shall be so in time and to eternity.



Deuteronomy 23:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Exclusion from the Congregation
4because they did not meet you with food and water on the way when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. 5"Nevertheless, the LORD your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you. 6"You shall never seek their peace or their prosperity all your days.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:37
Because he loved your ancestors and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of Egypt by his Presence and his great strength,

Joshua 24:10
But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.

2 Samuel 16:12
It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today."

Nehemiah 13:2
because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.)

Proverbs 26:2
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

Malachi 1:2
"I have loved you," says the LORD. "But you ask, 'How have you loved us?' "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the LORD. "Yet I have loved Jacob,
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam; but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing to you, because the LORD your God loved you.

Nevertheless

Numbers 22:35 And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, Go with the men: but only …

Numbers 23:5-12,16-26 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, …

Numbers 24:9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall …

Micah 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us …

because the

Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you …

Deuteronomy 33:3 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they …

Psalm 73:1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you …

Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by you, and looked on you, behold, your time was …

Malachi 1:2 I have loved you, said the LORD. Yet you say, Wherein have you loved …

Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Romans 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as …

Ephesians 2:4,5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

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