Numbers 24:3
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New International Version
and he spoke his message: "The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,

New Living Translation
and this is the message he 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
and he proclaimed his poem: The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened,

International Standard Version
Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "A 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
and he 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
Then he took up his parable and said, Balaam, the son of Beor, has said and 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
He took up his parable and said: Balaam the son of Beor hath said: The man hath said, whose eye ire stopped up:

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 Third Oracle
2And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came upon him. 3He took up his discourse and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened; 4The oracle of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,…
Cross References
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 24:16
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.

Job 29:1
And Job again took up his discourse and said,
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And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said:

saw

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Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and, …

Psalm 89:19 Then you spoke in vision to your holy one, and said, I have laid …

Daniel 8:26,27 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: …

Acts 10:10,19 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made …

Acts 22:17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even …

2 Corinthians 12:1-4 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions …

falling

Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of …

1 Samuel 19:24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel …

Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, …

Daniel 8:17,18 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and …

Daniel 10:15,16 And when he had spoken such words to me, I set my face toward the …

Revelation 1:10,17 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great …

(3) Balaam the son of Beor hath said.--The Hebrew word (neum) is imperfectly rendered by hath said. It is the word which is commonly used in the prophetical books of Scripture to denote a Divine saying, and is rarely used when a human author is named. It occurs in the Pentateuch only in Genesis 22:16, Numbers 14:28, and in this chapter, where it is found in Numbers 24:3-4; Numbers 24:15-16.

The man whose eyes are open.--There is great diversity of opinion respecting the meaning of the word which is here rendered open, and which, as it is here written, occurs in no other place. If shatham is identified with satham, it means to close, not to open. The meaning, however, of this verse is sufficiently explained by that which follows, whichever rendering of the word shethum is adopted. Balaam appears to have been thrown into an ecstatic state, as was Saul, and as were many of the ancient prophets; and whilst the eye of the outer senses was closed, the eye of the inner senses was preternaturally opened.

Verse 3. - Balaam... hath said. Rather, "the utterance of Balaam." נְאֻם is constantly used, as in Numbers 14:28, for a Divine utterance, effatum Dei, but it does not by itself, apart from the context, claim a superhuman origin. The man whose eyes are open. הַגֶּבֶר שְׁתֻם הָעָיִן. The authorities are divided between the rendering in the text and the opposite rendering given in the margin. סָתַם is used in Daniel 8:26, and שָׂתָם in Lamentations 3:8, in the sense of "shut;" but, on the other hand, a passage in the Mishnah distinctly uses שׁתם and סתם in opposite senses. The Vulgate, on the one hand, has obturatus; the Septuagint, on the other, has ὁ ἀληθινῶς ὁρῶν, and this is the sense given by the Targums. Strange to say, it makes no real difference whether we read "open" or "shut," because in any case it was the inward vision that was quickened, while the outward senses were closed. And he took up his parable,.... His parable of prophecy, as the Targums, his prophetic speech, which, with a loud voice, he expressed in the hearing of Balak and his nobles:

and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said; the preface to his prophecy is pompous, and seems to be full of pride and vanity, and so the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem represent him;"the man who is more excellent than his father hath said, to whom hidden secrets, even what was hidden from the prophets is revealed to him;''and the Jews have a saying (t) that he that has an evil eye, a haughty spirit, and a large soul, or is covetous, is one of the disciples of Balaam the wicked:

and the man whose eyes are open hath said; or, as some (u) render it, whose eyes were shut, but now open; either the eyes of his body, which were shut when the angel met him, and the ass saw him and not he, but afterwards were open, and he saw him also; or the eyes of his understanding blinded with ambition and covetousness, but were open to see his mistake, at least so far as to be sensible that he could never prevail upon God to allow him to curse Israel; or rather open, by the spirit of prophecy coming on him, whereby he saw and foretold things to come.

(t) Pirke Abot, c. 5. sect. 19. (u) So V. L. Montanus, Tigurine version, &c. 3. the man whose eyes are open—that is, a seer (1Sa 9:9), a prophet, to whom the visioned future was disclosed—sometimes when falling into a sleep (Ge 15:12-15), frequently into "a trance."24:1-9 Now Balaam spake not his own sense, but the language of the Spirit that came upon him. Many have their eyes open who have not their hearts open; are enlightened, but not sanctified. That knowledge which puffs men up with pride, will but serve to light them to hell, whither many go with their eyes open. The blessing is nearly the same as those given before. He admires in Israel, their beauty. The righteous, doubtless, is more excellent than his neighbour. Their fruitfulness and increase. Their honour and advancement. Their power and victory. He looks back upon what had been done for them. Their power and victory. He looks back upon what had been done for them. Their courage and security. The righteous are bold as a lion, not when assaulting others, but when at rest, because God maketh them to dwell in safety. Their influence upon their neighbours. God takes what is done to them, whether good or evil, as done to himself.
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