Numbers 22:20
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New International Version
That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you."

New Living Translation
That night God came to Balaam and told him, "Since these men have come for you, get up and go with them. But do only what I tell you to do."

English Standard Version
And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise, go with them; but only do what I tell you.”

New American Standard Bible
God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do."

King James Bible
And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them, but you must only do what I tell you."

International Standard Version
God came to visit Balaam that same night and told him, "If the men come to call on you, get up and go with them, but be sure to do only what I tell you to do."

NET Bible
God came to Balaam that night, and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, get up and go with them; but the word that I will say to you, that you must do."

New Heart English Bible
God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak to you, that you shall do."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That night God came to Balaam and said, "If these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him: 'If the men are come to call thee, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak unto thee, that shalt thou do.'

New American Standard 1977
And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God came unto Balaam at night and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

King James 2000 Bible
And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call you, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto you, that shall you do.

American King James Version
And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men come to call you, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say to you, that shall you do.

American Standard Version
And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men are come to call thee, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak unto thee, that shalt thou do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God therefore came to Balaam in the night, and said to him: It these men be come to call thee, arise and go with them: yet so, that thou do what I shall command thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Then God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men have come to call thee, rise up, [and] go with them; but only what I shall say unto thee shalt thou do.

English Revised Version
And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men be come to call thee, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak unto thee, that shalt thou do.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men come to call thee, rise and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say to thee, that shalt thou perform.

World English Bible
God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak to you, that you shall do."

Young's Literal Translation
And God cometh in unto Balaam, by night, and saith to him, 'If to call for thee the men have come, rise, go with them, and only the thing which I speak unto thee -- it thou dost do.'
Study Bible
Balak Summons Balaam
19"Now please, you also stay here tonight, and I will find out what else the LORD will speak to me." 20God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do." 21So Balaam arose in the morning, and saddled his donkey and went with the leaders of Moab.…
Cross References
Numbers 22:19
"Now please, you also stay here tonight, and I will find out what else the LORD will speak to me."

Numbers 22:35
But the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but you shall speak only the word which I tell you." So Balaam went along with the leaders of Balak.

Numbers 23:5
Then the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus."

Numbers 23:12
He replied, "Must I not be careful to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?"

Numbers 23:16
Then the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."

Numbers 24:4
The oracle of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,

Numbers 24:13
'Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything contrary to the command of the LORD, either good or bad, of my own accord. What the LORD speaks, that I will speak '?

Jeremiah 1:7
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak.
Treasury of Scripture

And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men come to call you, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say to you, that shall you do.

God

Numbers 22:9 And God came to Balaam, and said, What men are these with you?

if the men

1 Samuel 8:5-9 And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your …

1 Samuel 12:12-19 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came …

Psalm 81:12 So I gave them up to their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their …

Ezekiel 14:2-5 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying…

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

but ye

Numbers 22:35 And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, Go with the men: but only …

Numbers 23:12,26 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which …

Numbers 24:13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot …

Psalm 33:10,11 The LORD brings the counsel of the heathen to nothing: he makes the …

Psalm 78:30,31 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was …

Isaiah 37:29 Because your rage against me, and your tumult, is come up into my …

Hosea 13:11 I gave you a king in my anger, and took him away in my wrath.

(20) If the men come to call thee.--The words may be rendered Since (or, forasmuch as) the men have come to call thee. The messengers had already come for that purpose, as it is stated in Numbers 22:16, where the same verb is used. The phrase which is here rendered to "call" occurs also in Numbers 22:5.

Rise up, and go with them.--There is no real inconsistency with Numbers 22:12. The absolute and immutable prohibition had reference to the cursing. The going with the messengers, which was forbidden in mercy at first, was enjoined in judgment at last. God often punishes disobedience to His declared will by permitting the transgressors to "eat the fruit of their own way, and to be filled with their own devices" (Proverbs 1:31). "He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul" (Psalm 106:15). Comp. Psalm 81:12; Isaiah 66:4; Jeremiah 2:19.

And the Lord came unto Balaam at night,.... As before, Numbers 22:9 it may be in a dream; the Targum of Jonathan is as there,"a word came from the Lord:"

and said unto him, if the men come and call thee, rise up, and go with them; this was said, as some think, not seriously, but sarcastically, or rather in an angry manner, bidding him go, if he would; so giving him up to his own heart's lusts, or, at most; only permitting him to go with them, but not to curse Israel; and this permission to go seems to be on this condition, if the princes first called him, and were urgent on him to go with them: this was a trial of Balaam, whether he would be eager and forward to go, or patiently wait until he should be called; or the words may be rendered, "seeing", or because (g):

they are come to call thee: but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shall thou do; whether he would or not, he should be forced to do it, as Jarchi; and therefore go not with any intention to curse Israel, which shall never be done; wherefore to go would be vain and fruitless, since he would never be able to answer the design of Balak: but still Balaam hoped, it not being so fully and clearly expressed as before, that he should not curse Israel; that God would say something else unto him, though he had no reason at all for it, but all the reverse; so blinded was he with a greedy desire of riches and honour.

(g) "quandoquidem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Noldius, p. 88. & Ainsworth. 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.
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