|New International Version (© 2011)|
The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it."
King James Bible
And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.
American Standard Version
and the ass saw me, and turned aside before me these three times: unless she had turned aside from me, surely now I had even slain thee, and saved her alive.
Young's Literal Translation
and the ass seeth me, and turneth aside at my presence these three times; unless she had turned aside from my presence, surely now also, thee I had slain, and her kept alive.'
Numbers 22:33 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Surely now also I had slain thee - How often are the meanest animals, and the most trivial occurrences, instruments of the preservation of our lives, and of the salvation of our souls! The messenger of justice would have killed Balaam, had not the mercy of God prevented the ass from proceeding.
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Numbers 14:37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report on the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
Numbers 16:33-35 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed on them...
1 Kings 13:24-28 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcass was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it...
Numbers 22:33 Parallel CommentariesAlive Ass Death Donkey Kept Killed Live Presence Saved Side Slain Spared Surely Three Times Turned Turneth Turning UnlessAlive Ass Death Donkey Kept Killed Live Presence Saved Side Slain Spared Surely Three Times Turned Turneth Turning UnlessTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Numbers 22:32 The angel of the LORD asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.
Numbers 22:34 Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back."