Numbers 24:23
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New International Version
Then he spoke his message: "Alas! Who can live when God does this?

New Living Translation
Balaam concluded his messages by saying: "Alas, who can survive unless God has willed it?

English Standard Version
And he took up his discourse and said, “Alas, who shall live when God does this?

New American Standard Bible
Then he took up his discourse and said, "Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?

King James Bible
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Once more he proclaimed his poem: Ah, who can live when God does this?

International Standard Version
Finally, he uttered this prophetic statement: "Ah, who can live, unless God makes it happen?

NET Bible
Then he uttered this oracle: "O, who will survive when God does this!

New Heart English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God does this?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He delivered this message: "Oh no! Who will live when God decides to do this?

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he took up his parable, and said: Alas, who shall live after God hath appointed him?

New American Standard 1977
And he took up his discourse and said,
            “Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he took up his parable again and said, Alas, who shall live when God shall do these things!

King James 2000 Bible
And he took up his oracle, and said, Alas, who shall live when God does this!

American King James Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God does this!

American Standard Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And taking up his parable, again he said: Alas, who shall live when God shall do these things?

Darby Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas! Who shall live when God doeth this?

English Revised Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!

World English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God does this?

Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Alas! who doth live when God doth this?
Study Bible
Balaam's Final Three Oracles
22"Nevertheless Kain will be consumed; How long will Asshur keep you captive?" 23Then he took up his discourse and said, "Alas, who can live except God has ordained it? 24"But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim, And they shall afflict Asshur and will afflict Eber; So they also will come to destruction."…
Cross References
Numbers 24:22
"Nevertheless Kain will be consumed; How long will Asshur keep you captive?"

Numbers 24:24
"But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim, And they shall afflict Asshur and will afflict Eber; So they also will come to destruction."
Treasury of Scripture

And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God does this!

Chittim

Genesis 10:4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

Isaiah 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, you ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, …

Daniel 7:19,20 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse …

Daniel 8:5-8,21 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on …

Daniel 10:20 Then said he, Know you why I come to you? and now will I return to …

Daniel 11:30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall …

and shall afflict Eber

Genesis 10:21-25 To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother …

Genesis 14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for …

Daniel 9:26,27 And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but …

Matthew 24:15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken …

Luke 20:24 Show me a penny. Whose image and superscription has it? They answered …

Luke 23:29-31 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed …

John 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans …

and he also

Daniel 2:35,45 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, …

Daniel 7:23-26 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, …

Daniel 11:45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas …

Revelation 18:2-24 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great …

(23) When God doeth this.--These words may be rendered, since (or, from the time that) God sets (or, determines) it (or, this)--quando faciet ista Deus (Vulgate); or, because God determines it (or, this).

Verse 23. - When God doeth this. Literally, "from the settling of it by God." מִשֻּׂמו אֵל, i.e., when God shall bring these terrible things to pass. Septuagint, ὅταν θῇ ταῦτα ὁ θεός. This exclamation refers to the woe which he is about to pronounce, which involved his own people also. And he took up his parable, and said,.... Or delivered another prophecy, having made some little pause:

alas, who shall live when God doeth this? referring not to what goes before, but to what follows; though Jarchi and Aben Ezra think it refers to the Assyria conquering and carrying captive, not only the Kenites, but all the nations of the world, so that there was no living comfortably in it on his account; but this is said after Balaam had taken up his parable again, and so respects what follows, as the destruction of the Persian empire by Alexander, in which Ashur or the Assyrians were included; and the destruction of the Jews by the Romans more especially; which was such as had not been the like from the beginning of the world, Matthew 24:21, and perhaps may have a further respect to the affliction of the witnesses and church of Christ by antichrist; see Daniel 12:1. 23. who shall live when God doeth this!—Few shall escape the desolation that shall send a Nebuchadnezzar to scourge all those regions.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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