|New International Version (© 2011)|
But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey--an animal without speech--who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.
King James Bible
But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
American Standard Version
but he was rebuked for his own transgression: a dumb ass spake with man's voice and stayed the madness of the prophet.
Young's Literal Translation
and had a rebuke of his own iniquity -- a dumb ass, in man's voice having spoken, did forbid the madness of the prophet.
2 Peter 2:16 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The dumb ass, speaking with man's voice - See the note on Numbers 22:28.
The madness of the prophet - Is not this a reference to the speech of the ass, as represented in the Targums of Jonathan ben Uzziel and Jerusalem? "Wo to thee, Balaam, thou sinner, thou madman: there is no wisdom found in thee." These words contain nearly the same expressions as those in St. Peter.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Numbers 22:22-33 And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him...
Ecclesiastes 7:25 I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly...
Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event to all: yes...
Hosea 9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad...
Luke 16:11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Acts 26:11,24,25 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them...
2 Peter 2:16 Parallel CommentariesAss Beast Checked Disobedience Donkey Dumb Error Folly Forbad Forbid Human Iniquity Madness Mute Pointed Prophet Prophet's Rebuke Rebuked Received Reproof Speaking Speech Stop Stopped Talking Transgression VoiceAss Beast Checked Disobedience Donkey Dumb Error Folly Forbad Forbid Human Iniquity Madness Mute Pointed Prophet Prophet's Rebuke Rebuked Received Reproof Speaking Speech Stop Stopped Talking Transgression VoiceTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Numbers 22:21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials.
Numbers 22:23 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.
Numbers 22:28 Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth, and it said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?"
Psalm 39:11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth-- surely everyone is but a breath.