Numbers 24:12
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English Standard Version
And Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me,

King James Bible
And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,

American Standard Version
And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers that thou sentest unto me, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Balaam made answer to Balac: Did I not say to thy messengers, whom thou sentest to me:

English Revised Version
And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Balaam said to Balak, Did I not speak also to thy messengers whom thou sentest to me, saying,

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"How beautiful are thy tents, O Jacob! thy dwellings, O Israel! Like valleys are they spread out, like gardens by the stream, like aloes which Jehovah has planted, like cedars by the waters. Water will flow out of his buckets, and his seed is by many waters. And loftier than Agag be his king, and his kingdom will be exalted." What Balaam had seen before his ecstasy with his bodily eyes, formed the substratum for his inward vision, in which the dwellings of Israel came before his mental eye adorned with the richest blessing from the Lord. The description starts, it is true, from the time then present, but it embraces the whole future of Israel. In the blessed land of Canaan the dwellings of Israel will spread out like valleys. נחלים does not mean brooks here, but valleys watered by brooks. נטּה, to extend oneself, to stretch or spread out far and wide. Yea, "like gardens by the stream," which are still more lovely than the grassy and flowery valleys with brooks. This thought is carried out still further in the two following figures. אהלים are aloe-trees, which grow in the East Indies, in Siam, in Cochin China, and upon the Moluccas, and from which the aloe-wood was obtained, that was so highly valued in the preparation of incense, on account of its fragrance. As the aloes were valued for their fragrant smell, so the cedars were valued on account of their lofty and luxuriant growth, and the durability of their wood. The predicate, "which Jehovah hath planted," corresponds, so far as the actual meaning is concerned, to מים עלי, "by water;" for this was "an expression used to designate trees that, on account of their peculiar excellence, were superior to ordinary trees" (Calvin; cf. Psalm 104:16).

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Numbers 22:18 Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, "Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the command of the LORD my God.

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Numbers 22:18
But Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, "Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of the LORD my God to do less or more.

Numbers 24:11
Therefore now flee to your own place. I said, 'I will certainly honor you,' but the LORD has held you back from honor."

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