Numbers 22:3
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New International Version
and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites.

New Living Translation
And when the people of Moab saw how many Israelites there were, they were terrified.

English Standard Version
And Moab was in great dread of the people, because they were many. Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
So Moab was in great fear because of the people, for they were numerous; and Moab was in dread of the sons of Israel.

King James Bible
And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moab was terrified of the people because they were numerous, and Moab dreaded the Israelites.

International Standard Version
As a result, Moab greatly feared the people, because they were so numerous. Because a sense of impending doom was afflicting the Moabites as they faced the Israelis,

NET Bible
And the Moabites were greatly afraid of the people, because they were so numerous. The Moabites were sick with fear because of the Israelites.

New Heart English Bible
Moab was very afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Moabites were very afraid because there were so many Israelites. Besides, the Moabites couldn't stand these people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many; and Moab was overcome with dread because of the children of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
So Moab was in great fear because of the people, for they were numerous; and Moab was in dread of the sons of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Moab was sore afraid of the people because they were many; and Moab was distressed because of the sons of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And Moab was greatly afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

American King James Version
And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

American Standard Version
And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And that the Moabites were in great fear of him, and were not able to sustain his assault,

Darby Bible Translation
And Moab was much afraid of the people, because they were many; and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

English Revised Version
And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moab was greatly afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

World English Bible
Moab was very afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and Moab is exceedingly afraid of the presence of the people, for it is numerous; and Moab is vexed by the presence of the sons of Israel,
Study Bible
Balak Summons Balaam
2Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3So Moab was in great fear because of the people, for they were numerous; and Moab was in dread of the sons of Israel. 4Moab said to the elders of Midian, "Now this horde will lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field." And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:15
"Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed; The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them; All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.

Nehemiah 13:2
because they did not meet the sons of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, our God turned the curse into a blessing.
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And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling …

Deuteronomy 2:25 This day will I begin to put the dread of you and the fear of you …

Joshua 2:10,11,24 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea …

Joshua 9:24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told …

Psalm 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God has scattered …

Isaiah 23:5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained …

(3) And Moab was sore afraid of the people.--There was no ground for this apprehension, inasmuch as the Divine command given to Moses was "Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle" (Deuteronomy 2:9). It does not appear, however, that Balak was aware of the prohibition; and the recent conquests of the Israelites naturally filled the Moabites with alarm, especially inasmuch as when the Israelites sent to the King of Moab to ask permission to pass through his land he did not consent (Judges 11:17).

Verse 3. - Moab was sore afraid of the people. While the Israelites had moved along their eastern and north-eastern border, the Moabites supplied them with provisions (Deuteronomy 2:29), desiring, no doubt, to be rid of them, but not disdaining to make some profit by their presence. But after the sudden defeat and overthrow of their own Amorite conquerors, their terror and uneasiness forced them to take some action, although they dared not commence open hostilities. And Moab was sore afraid of the people,.... Lest they should enter into their country and do to them as they had done to Sihon and Og, and their countries; on this account the king of Moab, his nobles, and the people of the land, were in an exceeding great panic, which was a fulfilling of the prophecy of Moses in Exodus 15:15,

because they were many the number of them taken a little after in this place, where they now were, in the plains of Moab, even after 24,000 had died of the plague, was 601,730, Numbers 25:9,

and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel; though they had no reason for it, had they considered their relation to them, being the descendants of Abraham, the uncle of Lot, whose posterity they were; and that the Israelites had done them service in delivering them from such bad neighbours, who had taken much of their country from them, and were doubtless making continual encroachments on them; and especially had they known the orders the Israelites had from the Lord not to distress them, nor contend with them in battle, Deuteronomy 2:9, but this they were ignorant of, and being of a different religion from the Israelites, had them in abhorrence, or loathed them, as the word signifies; though the meaning rather seems to be, that they had a nausea, a loathing in their stomachs, and could not eat their food, because of the dread of the Israelites that was upon them; or they were weary of their lives, as Jarchi interprets it, and as the word is used, Genesis 27:46. 22:1-14 The king of Moab formed a plan to get the people of Israel cursed; that is, to set God against them, who had hitherto fought for them. He had a false notion, that if he could get some prophet to pray for evil upon them, and to pronounce a blessing upon himself and his forces, that then he should be able to deal with them. None had so great a reputation as Balaam; and Balak will employ him, though he send a great way for him. It is not known whether the Lord had ever spoken to Balaam, or by him, before this; though it is probable he had, and it is certain he did afterwards. Yet we have abundant proof that he lived and died a wicked man, an enemy to God and his people. And the curse shall not come upon us if there is not a cause, even though men utter it. To prevail with Balaam, they took the wages of unrighteousness, but God laid restraint upon Balaam, forbidding him to curse Israel. Balaam was no stranger to Israel's cause; so that he ought to have answered the messengers at once, that he would never curse a people whom God had blessed; but he takes a night's time to consider what he should do. When we parley with temptations, we are in great danger of being overcome. Balaam was not faithful in returning God's answer to the messengers. Those are a fair mark for Satan's temptation, who lessen Divine restraints; as if to go against God's law were only to go without his leave. The messengers also are not faithful in returning Balaam's answer to Balak. Thus many are abused by the flatteries of those about them, and are prevented from seeing their own faults and follies.
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