Numbers 22:17
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New International Version
because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me."

New Living Translation
I will pay you very well and do whatever you tell me. Just come and curse these people for me!"

English Standard Version
for I will surely do you great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do. Come, curse this people for me.’”

New American Standard Bible
for I will indeed honor you richly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Please come then, curse this people for me.'"

King James Bible
For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for I will greatly honor you and do whatever you ask me. So please come and put a curse on these people for me!'"

International Standard Version
I'm determined to reward you generously, and I'll do everything you tell me to do. So come right away and curse this people for me.'"

NET Bible
For I will honor you greatly, and whatever you tell me I will do. So come, put a curse on this nation for me.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will make sure you are richly rewarded, and I will do whatever you ask. Please, come and curse these people for me."

Jubilee Bible 2000
for I will without a doubt honour thee greatly, and I will do whatever thou sayest unto me; come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

King James 2000 Bible
For I will promote you unto very great honor, and I will do whatsoever you say unto me: come therefore, I pray you, curse for me this people.

American King James Version
For I will promote you to very great honor, and I will do whatever you say to me: come therefore, I pray you, curse me this people.

American Standard Version
for I will promote thee unto very great honor, and whatsoever thou sayest unto me I will do: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I am ready to honour thee, and will give thee whatsoever thou wilt: come and curse this people.

Darby Bible Translation
for very highly will I honour thee, and whatever thou shalt say to me will I do; come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

English Revised Version
for I will promote thee unto very great honour, and whatsoever thou sayest unto me I will do: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I will promote thee to very great honor, and I will do whatever thou sayest to me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse this people for me.

World English Bible
for I will promote you to very great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do. Please come therefore, and curse this people for me.'"

Young's Literal Translation
for very greatly I honour thee, and all that thou sayest unto me I do; and come, I pray thee, pierce for me this people.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:15-21 A second embassy was sent to Balaam. It were well for us, if we were as earnest and constant in prosecuting a good work, notwithstanding disappointments. Balak laid a bait, not only for Balaam's covetousness, but for his pride and ambition. How earnestly should we beg of God daily to mortify such desires in us! Thus sinners stick at no pains, spare no cost, and care not how low they stoop, to gratify their luxury, or their malice. Shall we then be unwilling to do what is right? God forbid! Balaam's convictions charged him to keep to the command of God; nor could any man have spoken better. But many call God theirs, who are not his, not truly because not only his. There is no judging men by their words; God knows the heart. Balaam's corruptions at the same time inclined him to go contrary to the command. He seemed to refuse the temptation; but he expressed no abhorrence of it. He had a strong desire to accept the offer, and hoped that God might give him leave to go. He had already been told what the will of God was. It is a certain evidence of the ruling of corruption in the heart, to beg leave to sin. God gave Balaam up to his own heart's lusts. As God sometimes denies the prayers of his people in love, so sometimes he grants the desires of the wicked in wrath.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For I will promote thee unto very great honour,.... In his court, by making him some great officer there, perhaps his prime minister; so that as before he laid a bait for his covetousness, sending him large presents, and rewards of divination; here, for his pride and ambition, promising him court preferment; though Aben Ezra interprets it of mammon or riches, of which he could give him an immense sum: "in honouring I will exceedingly honour thee" (f); or load thee with wealth and riches; and so Balaam seems to understand it, since in his answer he says, "if Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold"; both civil honour and worldly wealth may be taken into the account, since they are both heavy and weighty things, and very desirable and ensnaring:

and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me; give him what money he should ask of him, put him into whatsoever place and office he should desire; and though he was a sovereign prince, would be at his beck and command, and do whatever he should direct him to do in his kingdom, as well as in what concerned the affair of cursing Israel; as we find he afterwards did, with respect to sacrifices and rites relative thereunto:

come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; renewing the request made in the first embassy with great importunity, Numbers 22:6 but using here a different word for "cursing"; there, as Munster observes, the word signifies to curse lightly; here, to blaspheme and utterly devote to ruin; to which may be added, to curse expressly and by name, to pierce through and through, to deprive of all benefits, and to destroy utterly.

(f) "honorando honorabo te valde", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator.



Numbers 22:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Balak Summons Balaam
16They came to Balaam and said to him, "Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, 'Let nothing, I beg you, hinder you from coming to me; 17for I will indeed honor you richly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Please come then, curse this people for me.'" 18Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, "Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the command of the LORD my God.…
Cross References
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 22:16
They came to Balaam and said: "This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me,
Treasury of Scripture

For I will promote you to very great honor, and I will do whatever you say to me: come therefore, I pray you, curse me this people.

I will promote

Numbers 24:11 Therefore now flee you to your place: I thought to promote you to …

Deuteronomy 16:9 Seven weeks shall you number to you: begin to number the seven weeks …

Esther 5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude …

Esther 7:9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold …

Matthew 4:8,9 Again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

and I will do

Numbers 23:2,3,29,30 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered …

Matthew 14:7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask.

come

Numbers 22:6 Come now therefore, I pray you, curse me this people; for they are …

curse me. An erroneous opinion prevailed, both in those days and in after ages, that some men had the power, by the help of their gods, to devote, not only particular persons, but cities and whole armies, to destruction. This they are said to have done sometimes by words of imprecation; of which there was a set form among some people, which AEschines calls the determinate curse. Macrobius has a whole chapter on this subject. He gives us two of the ancient forms used in reference to the destruction of Carthage; the first, which was only pronounced by the dictator, or general, was to call over the protecting deities to their side, and the other to devote the city to destruction, which they were supposed to have abandoned. The Romans held, that no city would be taken till its tutelary god had forsaken it; or if it could be taken, it would be unlawful, as it would be sacrilege to lead the gods into captivity. Virgil intimates, that Troy was destroyed because All the gods, by whose assistance the empire had hitherto been preserved, forsook their altars and temples.

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