Numbers 23:22
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New International Version
God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox.

New Living Translation
God brought them out of Egypt; for them he is as strong as a wild ox.

English Standard Version
God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like the horns of the wild ox.

New American Standard Bible
"God brings them out of Egypt, He is for them like the horns of the wild ox.

King James Bible
God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God brought them out of Egypt; He is like the horns of a wild ox for them.

International Standard Version
From Egypt God brought them— his strength was like a wild ox!

NET Bible
God brought them out of Egypt. They have, as it were, the strength of a wild bull.

New Heart English Bible
God brings them out of Egypt. He has as it were the strength of the wild ox.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The God who brought them out of Egypt has the strength of a wild bull.

JPS Tanakh 1917
God who brought them forth out of Egypt Is for them like the lofty horns of the wild-ox.

New American Standard 1977
“God brings them out of Egypt,
            He is for them like the horns of the wild ox.

Jubilee Bible 2000
God brought them out of Egypt; he has, as it were the strength of a unicorn.

King James 2000 Bible
God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of a wild ox.

American King James Version
God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of an unicorn.

American Standard Version
God bringeth them forth out of Egypt; He hath as it were the strength of the wild-ox.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God hath brought him out of Egypt, whose strength is like to the rhinoceros.

Darby Bible Translation
God brought him out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of a buffalo.

English Revised Version
God bringeth them forth out of Egypt; He hath as it were the strength of the wild-ox.

Webster's Bible Translation
God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of a unicorn.

World English Bible
God brings them out of Egypt. He has as it were the strength of the wild ox.

Young's Literal Translation
God is bringing them out from Egypt, As the swiftness of a Reem is to him;
Study Bible
Balaam's Second Oracle
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. 22"God brings them out of Egypt, He is for them like the horns of the wild ox. 23"For there is no omen against Jacob, Nor is there any divination against Israel; At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob And to Israel, what God has done!…
Cross References
Numbers 24:8
"God brings him out of Egypt, He is for him like the horns of the wild ox. He will devour the nations who are his adversaries, And will crush their bones in pieces, And shatter them with his arrows.

Deuteronomy 33:17
"As the firstborn of his ox, majesty is his, And his horns are the horns of the wild ox; With them he will push the peoples, All at once, to the ends of the earth. And those are the ten thousands of Ephraim, And those are the thousands of Manasseh."

Joshua 2:10
"For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.

Job 39:9
"Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?

Job 39:10
"Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?

Isaiah 34:7
Wild oxen will also fall with them And young bulls with strong ones; Thus their land will be soaked with blood, And their dust become greasy with fat.
Treasury of Scripture

God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of an unicorn.

God

Numbers 22:5 He sent messengers therefore to Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, …

Numbers 24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength …

Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised you up, for to show …

Exodus 14:18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten …

Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of …

Psalm 68:35 O God, you are terrible out of your holy places: the God of Israel …

the strength

Deuteronomy 33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are …

Job 39:10,11 Can you bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he …

Psalm 22:21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for you have heard me from the horns …

unicorn. The reaim, most probably denotes the rhinoceros, so called from the horn on its nose. In size he is only exceeded by the elephant; and in strength and power inferior to none. He is at least twelve feet in length, from the snout to the tail; six or seven feet in height; and the circumference of the body is nearly equal to his length. He is particularly distinguished from all other animals by the remarkable and offensive weapon he carries on his nose; which is very hard horn, solid throughout, directed forward. He principally feeds upon large succulent plants, prickly shrubs, and branches; and delights in marshy places.

(22) God brought them out of Egypt.--Literally, is bringing them. The use of the participle denotes the continuance of the action. He who brought them forth out of Egypt was still conducting them on their march. There is an obvious allusion in these words to those of Balak in Numbers 22:5 : "Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt." Seeing that the people did not come out of Egypt in obedience to their own caprice, but under Divine guidance, it was vain for Balak to resist them on their course, seeing that to contend with them was to contend against God.

The strength of an unicorn.--Better, of a buffalo. (Comp. Deuteronomy 33:17--a passage closely resembling the present--from which it appears that the reem had more than one horn.)

Verse 22. - God. אֵל, and also at the end of the next verse, and four times in the next chapter (verses 4, 8, 16, 23). The use seems to be poetic, and no particular signification can be attached to it. Brought them, or, perhaps, "is leading them." So the Septuagint: Θεὸς ὁ ἐξαγαγὼν αὐτόν. Unicorn. Hebrew, רְאֵם. It is uniformly rendered μονοκέρως by the Septuagint, under the mistaken notion that the rhinoceros was intended. It is evident, however, from Deuteronomy 33:17 and other passages that the teem had two hems, and that its horns were its most prominent feature. It would also appear from Job 39:9-12 and Isaiah 34:7 that, while itself untameable, it was allied to species employed in husbandry. The reem may therefore have been the aurochs or urus, now extinct, but which formerly had so large a range in the forests of the old world. There is some doubt, however, whether the urns existed in those days in Syria, and it may have been a wild buffalo, or some kindred animal of the bovine genus, whose size, fierceness, and length of horn made it a wonder and a fear. God brought them out of Egypt,.... With a mighty hand and stretched out arm, and he will conduct them through the wilderness, and bring them safe to Canaan's land; he that brought them from thence will not suffer them to perish by any means; it is in vain to attempt to curse a people that is in such hands, and for whom he has done such great things: Jarchi thinks this stands opposed to what Balak had said, Numbers 22:5, thou sayest, "lo, a people is come out of Egypt";"they did not come out of themselves, but God brought them:"

he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn; that is, not God, but the people he brought out of Egypt, being a mighty people, able to push their enemies and subdue them, being numerous and strong, especially as strengthened by the mighty God of Jacob; and therefore their strength is expressed by the strength of this creature; for be it what it will, whether the rhinoceros or the wild ox, or one kind of goats, as Bochart (l) thinks; whatever is meant by the term here must be a strong creature, see Deuteronomy 33:17 and great is the strength of the spiritual Israel of God, which they have from him to exercise grace, perform duty, withstand and overcome all their spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, and the world.

(l) Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 3. c. 27. col. 965. 22. he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn—Israel is not as they were at the Exodus, a horde of poor, feeble, spiritless people, but powerful and invincible as a reem—that is, a rhinoceros (Job 39:9; Ps 22:21; 92:10).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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