Numbers 22:40
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English Standard Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent for Balaam and for the princes who were with him.

King James Bible
And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

American Standard Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Balac had killed oxen and sheep, he sent presents to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

English Revised Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The angel of the Lord sought to preserve Balaam from the destruction which threatened him, by standing in his way; but he did not see him, though his ass did. וגו נטתה אוּלי, "perhaps it turned out before me; for otherwise I should surely have killed thee, and let her live." The first clause is to be regarded, as Hengstenberg supposes, as an aposiopesis. The angel does not state positively what was the reason why perhaps the ass had turned out of the way: he merely hints at it lightly, and leaves it to Balaam to gather from the hint, that the faithful animal had turned away from affection to its master, with a dim foreboding of the danger which threatened him, and yet for that very reason, as it were as a reward for its service of love, had been ill-treated by him. The traditional rendering, "if the ass had not turned aside, surely," etc., cannot be defended according to the rules of the language; and there is not sufficient ground for any such alteration of the text as Knobel suggests, viz., into לוּלי. These words made an impression, and Balaam made this acknowledgment (Numbers 22:34): "I have sinned, for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me; and now, if it displease thee, I will get me back again." The angel of the Lord replied, however (Numbers 22:35): "Go with the men; but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that shalt you speak." This was sufficient to show him, that it was not the journey in itself that was displeasing to God, but the feelings and intentions with which he had entered upon it. The whole procedure was intended to sharpen his conscience and sober his mind, that he might pay attention to the word which the Lord would speak to him. At the same time the impression which the appearance and words of the angel of the Lord made upon his heart, enveloped in mist as it was by the thirst for gold and honour, was not a deep one, nor one that led him to a thorough knowledge of his own heart; otherwise, after such a warning, he would never have continued his journey.

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Numbers 23:2,14,30 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram...

Genesis 31:54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice on the mount, and called his brothers to eat bread: and they did eat bread...

Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

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Numbers 22:39
Then Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth.

Numbers 22:41
And in the morning Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-baal, and from there he saw a fraction of the people.

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