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How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?
King James Bible
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?
American Standard Version
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? And how shall I defy, whom Jehovah hath not defied?
Young's Literal Translation
What -- do I pierce? -- God hath not pierced! And what -- am I indignant? -- Jehovah hath not been indignant!
Numbers 23:8 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? - It was granted on all hands that no incantations nor imprecations could avail, unless God concurred and ratified them. From God's communication to Balaam he saw that God was determined to bless and defend Israel, and therefore all endeavors to injure them must be in vain.
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Numbers 23:20,23 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he has blessed; and I cannot reverse it...
Isaiah 44:25 That frustrates the tokens of the liars, and makes diviners mad; that turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolish;
Isaiah 47:12,13 Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, wherein you have labored from your youth...
Numbers 23:8 Parallel CommentariesAngry Cursed Curses Defied Defy Denounce Denounced Execrate Indignant Pierce PiercedAngry Cursed Curses Defied Defy Denounce Denounced Execrate Indignant Pierce PiercedTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Numbers 22:6 Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed."
Numbers 22:12 But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed."
Numbers 23:7 Then Balaam spoke his message: "Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains. 'Come,' he said, 'curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.'
Proverbs 26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.