Numbers 24:16
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New International Version
the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

New Living Translation
the message of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open:

English Standard Version
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 with his eyes uncovered:

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God and has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered:

International Standard Version
A declaration from one who hears what God has to say, who knows what the Most High knows, who saw the vision that the Almighty revealed, who keeps stumbling with open eyes.

NET Bible
the oracle of the one who hears the words of God, and who knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, although falling flat on the ground with eyes open:

New Heart English Bible
he says, who hears the words of God, knows the knowledge of the Most High, and who sees the vision of Shaddai, Falling down, and having his eyes open:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the message of the one who hears the words of God, receives knowledge from the Most High, has a vision from the Almighty, and falls [into a trance] with his eyes open:

JPS Tanakh 1917
The saying of him who heareth the words of God, And knoweth the knowledge of the Most High, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, Fallen down, yet with opened eyes:

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
he who has heard the words of God has said, and he who knows the knowledge of the most High, he who saw the vision of the Almighty, fallen, but having his eyes open:

King James 2000 Bible
He has said, who heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, who saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

American King James Version
He has said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

American Standard Version
He saith, who heareth the words of God, And knoweth the knowledge of the Most High, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open:

Douay-Rheims Bible
The hearer of the words of God hath said, who knoweth the doctrine of the Highest, and seeth the visions of the Almighty, who falling hath his eyes opened:

Darby Bible Translation
He saith, who heareth the words of God, who knoweth the knowledge of the Most High, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, who falleth down, and who hath his eyes open:

English Revised Version
He saith, which heareth the words of God, And knoweth the knowledge of the Most High, Which seeth the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open:

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath said, who heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the Most High, who saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

World English Bible
he says, who hears the words of God, knows the knowledge of the Most High, and who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open:

Young's Literal Translation
An affirmation of him who is hearing sayings of God -- And knowing knowledge of the Most High; A vision of the Almighty he seeth, Falling -- and eyes uncovered:
Study Bible
Balaam's Fourth Oracle
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. 17"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth.…
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 24:15
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 24:17
"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth.
Treasury of Scripture

He has said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

I shall see him. The Targum of Onkelos translates this passage in the following manner; I shall see him, but not now; I shall behold him, but he is not near. When a king shall arise from the house of Jacob, and the Messiah be anointed from the house of Israel; he shall slay the princes of Moab, and rule over all the children of men. The marginal references will direct the reader to the fulfilment of these remarkable prophecies.

Job 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the …

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of …

Jude 1:11,14,15 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

a star

Matthew 2:2-9 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen …

Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on …

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well …

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the …

a sceptre

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Psalm 45:6 Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of your kingdom …

Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds…

Psalm 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you …

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Luke 1:32,33 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and …

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son he said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: …

smite the corners of Moab, or smite through the princes of Moab

1 Samuel 14:38 And Saul said, Draw you near here, all the chief of the people: and …

Zechariah 10:4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him …

Moab

2 Samuel 8:2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down …

2 Kings 3:5,26,27 But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled …

1 Chronicles 18:2 And he smote Moab; and the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

Jeremiah 48:45 They that fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon because of the force: …

all the children

Genesis 4:25,26 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bore a son, and called his …

Genesis 5:3-29 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his …

Psalm 72:8-11 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river to …

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying…

(16) Which heard . . . and knew.--Better, which heareth . . . and knoweth.

Which saw.--Better, he seeth.

Verse 16. - Knew the knowledge of the Most High. Septuagint, ἐπιστάμενος ἐπιστήμην παρὰ Υψίστου. This expression alone distinguishes this introduction of Balaam's mashal from the former one (verses 3, 4), but it is difficult to say that it really adds anything to our understanding of his mental state. If we ask when Balaam had received the revelation which he now proceeds to communicate, it would seem most natural to reply that it was made known to him when "the Spirit of God came upon him," and that Balak's anger had interrupted him in the midst of his mashal, or possibly he had kept it back, as too distasteful to his patron, until he saw that he had nothing more to expect from that quarter. 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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