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Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!"
King James Bible
He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
American Standard Version
He couched, he lay down as a lion, And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up? Blessed be every one that blesseth thee, And cursed be every one that curseth thee.
Young's Literal Translation
He hath bent, he hath lain down as a lion, And as a lioness: who doth raise him up? He who is blessing thee is blessed, And he who is cursing thee is cursed.'
Numbers 24:9 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He couched, he lay down as a lion, etc. - See the original terms explained Numbers 23:24 (note).
These oracles, delivered by Balaam, are evident prophecies of the victories which the Israelites should gain over their enemies, and of their firm possession of the promised land. They may also refer to the great victories to be obtained by the Lord Jesus Christ, that Lion of the tribe of Judah, over sin, death, and Satan, the grand enemies of the human race; and to that most numerous posterity of spiritual children which should be begotten by the preaching of the Gospel.
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Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
Ezekiel 21:14,17 You therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite your hands together. and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain...
Ezekiel 22:13 Behold, therefore I have smitten my hand at your dishonest gain which you have made...
Numbers 22:6,11,17 Come now therefore, I pray you, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail...
Numbers 23:11 And Balak said to Balaam, What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and, behold, you have blessed them altogether.
Deuteronomy 23:4,5 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when you came forth out of Egypt...
Joshua 24:9,10 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you...
Nehemiah 13:2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them...
Numbers 24:9 Parallel CommentariesBent Bless Blessed Blesses Blesseth Broken Couched Couches Crouch Curse Cursed Curses Curseth Dares Lay Lies Rest Rouse She-Lion Sleep Stir Stooped StretchedBent Bless Blessed Blesses Blesseth Broken Couched Couches Crouch Curse Cursed Curses Curseth Dares Lay Lies Rest Rouse She-Lion Sleep Stir Stooped StretchedTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
Genesis 27:29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed."
Genesis 49:9 You are a lion's cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse him?
Exodus 23:22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.
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 23:24 The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till it devours its prey and drinks the blood of its victims."