Numbers 22:21
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English Standard Version
So Balaam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.

King James Bible
And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

American Standard Version
And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Balaam arose in the morning, and saddling his ass went with them.

English Revised Version
And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Balaam rose in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The answer with which Balaam had sent the Moabitish messengers away, encouraged Balak to cherish the hope of gaining over the celebrated soothsayer to his purpose notwithstanding, and to send an embassy "of princes more numerous and more honourable than those," and to make the attempt to overcome his former resistance by more splendid promises; whether he regarded it, as is very probable, "as the remains of a weakly fear of God, or simply as a ruse adopted for the purpose of obtaining better conditions" (Hengstenberg). As a genuine heathen, who saw nothing more in the God of Israel than a national god of that people, he thought that it would be possible to render not only men, but gods also, favourable to his purpose, by means of splendid honours and rich rewards.

(Note: Compare the following remarks of Pliny (h. n. xxviii. 4) concerning this belief among the Romans: "Verrius Flaccus auctores ponit, quibus credat, in oppugnationibus ante omnia solitum a Romanis sacerdotibus evocari Deum, cujus in tutela id oppidum esset, promittique illi eundem aut ampliorem apud Romanos cultum. Et durat in Pontificum disciplina id sacrum, constatque ideo occultatum, in cujus Dei tutela Roma esset, ne qui hostium simili modo agerent;" - and the further explanations of this heathen notion in Hengstenberg's Balaam and his Prophecies.)

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2 Peter 2:15
Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing,

2 Peter 2:16
but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.

Genesis 22:3
So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

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