Numbers 22:40
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Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the officials who were with him.

New Living Translation
where the king sacrificed cattle and sheep. He sent portions of the meat to Balaam and the officials who were with him.

English Standard Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent for Balaam and for the princes who were with him.

New American Standard Bible
Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent some to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.

King James Bible
And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent for Balaam and the officials who were with him.

International Standard Version
where he sacrificed oxen and sheep.

NET Bible
And Balak sacrificed bulls and sheep, and sent some to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.

New Heart English Bible
Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Balak sacrificed cattle, sheep, and goats, and sent some of the meat to Balaam and the princes who were with him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

New American Standard 1977
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent some to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Balak killed oxen and sheep and sent to Balaam and to the princes that were with him.

King James 2000 Bible
And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the leaders that were with him.

American King James Version
And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

American Standard Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Balac had killed oxen and sheep, he sent presents to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Darby Bible Translation
And Balak offered oxen and small cattle, and sent to Balaam and to the princes that were with him.

English Revised Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

World English Bible
Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.

Young's Literal Translation
and Balak sacrificeth oxen and sheep, and sendeth to Balaam, and to the princes who are with him;
Study Bible
The Angel and Balaam's Donkey
39And Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth. 40Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent some to Balaam and the leaders who were with him. 41Then it came about in the morning that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, and he saw from there a portion of the people.…
Cross References
Numbers 22:39
And Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth.

Numbers 22:41
Then it came about in the morning that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, and he saw from there a portion of the people.
Treasury of Scripture

And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Numbers 23:2,14,30 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered …

Genesis 31:54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice on the mount, and called his brothers …

Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

(40) And Balak offered . . . --Better, and Balak slew (or, slaughtered in sacrifice), &c. The word rendered offered does not necessarily denote anything more than to slay. It is very commonly used, however, to denote slaying in sacrifice; and it is most probable that Balak made a sacrificial feast, and sent portions of the flesh to Balaam and the princes who were with him. Kings not unfrequently acted as priests of old, as, e.g., Melchizedek. (Comp. Rex Anius, rex idem hominum Phoebique sacerdos, Aen. 3:80.)

Verse 40. - Balak offered oxen and sheep. Probably these sacrifices were offered not to Chemosh, but to the Lord, in whose name Balaam always spoke. Indeed the known fact that Beldam was a prophet of the Lord was no doubt one of Balak's chief reasons for wishing to obtain his services. Balak shared the common opinion of antiquity, that the various national deities were enabled by circumstances past human understanding to do sometimes more, sometimes less, for their special votaries. He perceived that the God of Israel was likely, as things stood, to carry all before him; but he thought that he might by judicious management be won over, at least to some extent, to desert the cause of Israel and to favour that of Moab. To this end he "retained" at great cost the services of Balaam, the prophet of the Lord, and to this end he was willing to offer any number of sacrifices. Even the resolute and self-reliant Romans believed in the wisdom of such a policy. Thus Pliny quotes ancient authors as affirming "in oppugnationibus ante omnia solitum a Romanis sacrdotibus evocari Deum, cujus in tutela id oppidum esset, promittique illi eundem aut ampliorem apud Romanos cultum," and he adds, "durat in Pontificum disciplina id sacrum, constatque ideo occultatum, in cujus Dei tutela Roma esset, ne qui hostium simili modo agerent." And sent, i.e., portions of the sacrificial meats.

CHAPTER 22:41; 23, 24 And Balak offered oxen and sheep,.... Or "slew" (w) them, either for sacrifice; and if so Balak was the sacrificer, as it was common for kings to be priests; and then Balaam, who was sent for, was the prophet, that was to observe and explain any omen at the time of sacrificing, as Calchas did, when the chiefs of Greece sacrificed (x): or rather for a feast, as the following words seem to show; though it might be for both, it being usual, when sacrifices were offered to idols, to eat part of them in a festival way, in imitation of the peace offerings of the Jews, see Numbers 25:2,

and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him; either part of it to them, or he sent for them to come, and partake of the feast, he and the princes of Moab and Midian, that had been to fetch him, and still attended him; and this the king did in a way of rejoicing, being glad that Balaam was come, and as expressing his well pleasedness with the conduct of the princes, and their success, as well as to keep Balaam in high spirits, hoping to have his end answered by him.

(w) "cuinque occidisset", V. L. (x) Homer. Iliad. 1.40. Balak offered oxen and sheep—made preparations for a grand entertainment to Balaam and the princes of Midian.22:36-41 Balak has now nothing to complain of, but that Balaam did not come sooner. Balaam bids Balak not depend too much upon him. He seems to speak with vexation; but is really as desirous to please Balak, as ever he had pretended to be to please God. See what need we have to pray every day, Our Father which art in heaven, lead us not into temptation. Let us be jealous over our own hearts, seeing how far men may go in the knowledge of God, and yet come short of Divine grace.
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