Numbers 24:15
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New International Version
Then he spoke his message: "The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,

New Living Translation
This is the message Balaam delivered: "This is the message of Balaam son of Beor, the message of the man whose eyes see clearly,

English Standard Version
And he took up his discourse and said, “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,

New American Standard Bible
He took up his discourse and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,

King James Bible
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then he proclaimed his poem: The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened;

International Standard Version
Then Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "The declaration by Beor's son Balaam, a declaration by the strong, blind man.

NET Bible
Then he uttered this oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor; the oracle of the man whose eyes are open;

New Heart English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Balaam delivered this message: "This is the message of Balaam, son of Beor. This is the message of the man whose eyesight is clear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he took up his parable, and said: The saying of Balaam the son of Beor, And the saying of the man whose eye is opened;

New American Standard 1977
And he took up his discourse and said,
            “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
            And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he took up his parable and said, Balaam, the son of Beor, has said, the man whose eyes are open has said,

King James 2000 Bible
And he took up his oracle, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said:

American King James Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said:

American Standard Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore taking up his parable, again he said: Balaam the son of Beor hath said: The man whose eye is stopped up, hath said:

Darby Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, and the man of opened eye saith,

English Revised Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

World English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;

Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor -- And an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut --
Study Bible
Balaam's Fourth Oracle
14"And now, behold, I am going to my people; come, and I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the days to come." 15He took up his discourse and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened, 16The oracle of him who hears the words of God, And knows the knowledge of the Most High, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered.…
Cross References
Numbers 24:3
He took up his discourse and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;

Numbers 24:4
The oracle of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,

Numbers 24:16
The oracle of him who hears the words of God, And knows the knowledge of the Most High, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered.
Treasury of Scripture

And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said:

Numbers 24:4 He has said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of …

2 Samuel 23:1,2 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, …

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, …

And he took up his parable, and said,.... In this and the following verse; the same preface, in the same words, is made to his prophecy as before; see Gill on Numbers 24:3, Numbers 24:4; only one clause is added, "and knew the knowledge of the Most High"; that Balaam had some knowledge of God is certain from the names by which he calls him, being such that he made himself known by to the patriarchs, and by which he is frequently called in the sacred writings; but then this knowledge of his was merely notional and speculative, and not spiritual and supernatural, and was such as men may have who are destitute of the grace of God: he was one that professed to know him in words, but in works denied him, see 1 Corinthians 13:2 and he also was admitted to much nearness to God, and converse with him, of which he boasted; but then this was not for his own sake, or as a mark of friendship to him, but for the sake of the people of Israel, and to prevent his doing them mischief. His prophecy follows. 15. he took his parable—or prophecy, uttered in a poetical style.24:15-25 Under the powerful influence of the Spirit of prophecy, Balaam foretold the future prosperity and extensive dominion of Israel. Balaam boasts that his eyes are open. The prophets were in old times called seers. He had heard the words of God, which many do who neither heed them, nor hear God in them. He knew the knowledge of the Most High. A man may be full of the knowledge of God, yet utterly destitute of the grace of God. He calls God the Most High and the Almighty. No man could seem to express a greater respect to God; yet he had no true fear of him, love to him, nor faith in him; so far a man may go toward heaven, and yet come short of it at last. Here is Balaam's prophecy concerning Him who should be the crown and glory of his people Israel; who is David in the type; but our Lord Jesus, the promised Messiah, is chiefly pointed at, and of him it is an illustrious prophecy. Balaam, a wicked man, shall see Christ, but shall not see him nigh; not see him as Job, who saw him as his Redeemer, and saw him for himself. When he comes in the clouds, every eye shall see him; but many will see him, as the rich man in hell saw Abraham, afar off. He shall come out of Jacob, and Israel, as a Star and a Sceptre; the former denoting his glory and lustre; the latter his power and authority. Christ shall be King, not only of Jacob and Israel, but of all the world; so that all shall be either governed by his golden sceptre, or dashed in pieces by his iron rod. Balaam prophesied concerning the Amalekites and Kenites, part of whose country he had now in view. Even a nest in a rock will not be a lasting security. Here is a prophecy that looks as far forward as to the Greeks and Romans. He acknowledges all the revolutions of states and kingdoms to be the Lord's doing. These events will make such desolations, that scarcely any will escape. They that live then, will be as brands plucked out of the fire. May God fit us for the worst of times! Thus Balaam, instead of cursing the church, curses Amalek the first, and Rome the last enemy of the church. Not Rome pagan only, but Rome papal also; antichrist and all the antichristian powers. Let us ask ourselves, Do we in knowledge, experience, or profession, excel Balaam? No readiness of speech, even in preaching or prayer, no gifts of knowledge or prophecy, are in themselves different from, or superior to the boasted gifts of him who loved the wages of unrighteousness, and died the enemy of God. Simple dependence on the Redeemer's atoning blood and sanctifying grace, cheerful submission to the Divine will, constant endeavours to glorify God and benefit his people, these are less splendid, but far more excellent gifts, and always accompany salvation. No boasting hypocrite ever possessed these; yet the feeblest believer has something of them, and is daily praying for more of them.
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