Numbers 23:20
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New International Version
I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.

New Living Translation
Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!

English Standard Version
Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.

King James Bible
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have indeed received a command to bless; since He has blessed, I cannot change it.

International Standard Version
Look! I've received a blessing, and so I will bless. I won't withdraw it.

NET Bible
Indeed, I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

New Heart English Bible
Look, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't reverse it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't change it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I am bidden to bless; And when He hath blessed, I cannot call it back.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I have received a command to bless;
            When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I have received blessing; and he has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

American King James Version
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

American Standard Version
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: And he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I was brought to bless, the blessing I am not able to hinder.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I have received [mission] to bless; and he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

English Revised Version
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: And he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

World English Bible
Behold, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't reverse it.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, to bless I have received: Yea, He blesseth, and I can not reverse it.
Study Bible
Balaam's Second Oracle
19"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? 20"Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it. 21"He has not observed misfortune in Jacob; Nor has He seen trouble in Israel; The LORD his God is with him, And the shout of a king is among them.…
Cross References
Genesis 12:2
And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing;

Genesis 22:17
indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.

Genesis 27:33
Then Isaac trembled violently, and said, "Who was he then that hunted game and brought it to me, so that I ate of all of it before you came, and blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed."

Numbers 22:12
God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed."

Isaiah 43:13
"Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?"
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

he hath

Numbers 22:12 And God said to Balaam, You shall not go with them; you shall not …

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply …

I cannot

Numbers 22:18,38 And Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, If Balak would …

John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…

Romans 8:38,39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor …

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

Verse 20. - I have received commandment to bless. The word "commandment "is not wanted here. Balaam had received, not instructions, but an inward revelation of the Divine will which he could not contravene. Behold, I have received commandment to bless,.... The people of Israel, to pronounce a blessing upon them, to declare them a happy people:

and he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it; God has blessed them, has determined to bless them, has promised to bless them, has blessed them in the victories he has given them, and will complete the blessing of them, by bringing them into the land he has given them: so the blessings which God has designed for his spiritual Israel, and bestows upon them, are irreversible; they are blessings indeed, spiritual ones, and are for ever; he blesses them with himself, as their covenant; God, their portion here and hereafter, with Christ his Son, and all things with him, with righteousness, peace, and pardon, with his Spirit and the grace thereof, with sonship, heirship, and eternal life. 23:11-30 Balak was angry with Balaam. Thus a confession of God's overruling power is extorted from a wicked prophet, to the confusion of a wicked prince. A second time the curse is turned into a blessing; and this blessing is both larger and stronger than the former. Men change their minds, and break their words; but God never changes his mind, and therefore never recalls his promise. And when in Scripture he is said to repent, it does not mean any change of his mind; but only a change of his way. There was sin in Jacob, and God saw it; but there was not such as might provoke him to give them up to ruin. If the Lord sees that we trust in his mercy, and accept of his salvation; that we indulge no secret lust, and continue not in rebellion, but endeavour to serve and glorify him; we may be sure that he looks upon us as accepted in Christ, that our sins are all pardoned. Oh the wonders of providence and grace, the wonders of redeeming love, of pardoning mercy, of the new-creating Spirit! Balak had no hope of ruining Israel, and Balaam showed that he had more reason to fear being ruined by them. Since Balaam cannot say what he would have him, Balak wished him to say nothing. But though there are many devices in man's heart, God's counsels shall stand. Yet they resolve to make another attempt, though they had no promise on which to build their hopes. Let us, who have a promise that the vision at the end shall speak and not lie, continue earnest in prayer, Lu 18:1.
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