Numbers 23:5
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New International Version
The LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, "Go back to Balak and give him this word."

New Living Translation
The LORD gave Balaam a message for King Balak. Then he said, "Go back to Balak and give him my message."

English Standard Version
And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus."

King James Bible
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD put a message in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return to Balak and say what I tell you."

International Standard Version
Then the LORD gave Balaam this message. "Return to Balak and speak to him."

NET Bible
Then the LORD put a message in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and speak what I tell you."

New Heart English Bible
The LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD told Balaam, "Go back to Balak, and give him my message."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said: 'Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.'

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus you shall speak.

American King James Version
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord put the word in his mouth, and said: Return to Balac, and thus shalt thou speak.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.

English Revised Version
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

World English Bible
Yahweh put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah putteth a word in the mouth of Balaam, and saith, 'Turn back unto Balak, and thus thou dost speak.'
Study Bible
Balaam's First Oracle
4Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, "I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar." 5Then the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus." 6So he returned to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, he and all the leaders of Moab.…
Cross References
Exodus 4:15
"You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do.

Numbers 22:20
God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do."

Numbers 23:4
Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, "I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar."

Numbers 23:6
So he returned to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, he and all the leaders of Moab.

Deuteronomy 18:18
'I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

Jeremiah 1:9
Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.

Numbers 23:16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go …

Numbers 22:35 And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, Go with the men: but only …

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brothers, like to …

Proverbs 16:1,9 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, …

Isaiah 51:16 And I have put my words in your mouth, and I have covered you in …

Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, said the LORD; My spirit …

Jeremiah 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD …

Luke 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.

John 11:51 And this spoke he not of himself: but being high priest that year, …

(5) The Lord put a word in Balaam's mouth.--"God, who had opened the mouth of the ass," says Bishop Wordsworth, in loc., "in a manner contrary to her nature, now opens Balaam's mouth in a manner contrary to his own will."

And the Lord put a word in Balaam's mouth.... Not grace into his heart, nor the fear of God within him, but suggested to him what to say; impressed it strongly on him, that he could not forget it, and with such power and weight, that he was obliged to deliver it:

and said, return unto Balak, and thus shalt thou speak; that is, unto him, and what is expressed in Numbers 22:7. 23:1-10 With the camps of Israel full in view, Balaam ordered seven altars to be built, and a bullock and a ram to be offered on each. Oh the sottishness of superstition, to imagine that God will be at man's beck! The curse is turned into a blessing, by the overruling power of God, in love to Israel. God designed to serve his own glory by Balaam, and therefore met him. If God put a word into the mouth of Balaam, who would have defied God and Israel, surely he will not be wanting to those who desire to glorify God, and to edify his people; it shall be given what they should speak. He who opened the mouth of the ass, caused the mouth of this wicked man to speak words as contrary to the desire of his heart, as those of the ass were to the powers of the brute. The miracle was as great in the one case as in the other. Balaam pronounces Israel safe. He owns he could do no more than God suffered him to do. He pronounces them happy in their distinction from the rest of the nations. Happy in their numbers, which made them both honourable and formidable. Happy in their last end. Death is the end of all men; even the righteous must die, and it is good for us to think of this with regard to ourselves, as Balaam does here, speaking of his own death. He pronounces the righteous truly blessed, not only while they live, but when they die; which makes their death even more desirable than life itself. But there are many who desire to die the death of the righteous, but do not endeavour to live the life of the righteous; gladly would they have an end like theirs, but not a way like theirs. They would be saints in heaven, but not saints on earth. This saying of Balaam's is only a wish, not a prayer; it is a vain wish, being only a wish for the end, without any care for the means. Many seek to quiet their consciences with the promise of future amendment, or take up with some false hope, while they neglect the only way of salvation, by which a sinner can be righteous before God.
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