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.

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

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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).

Numbers 23:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
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 brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces; with their arrows they pierce them.

Deuteronomy 33:17
In majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim; such are the thousands of Manasseh."

Joshua 2:10
We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.

Job 39:9
"Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night?

Job 39:10
Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness? Will it till the valleys behind you?

Isaiah 34:7
And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat.
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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.

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