Joshua 24:10
New International Version
But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand.

New Living Translation
but I would not listen to him. Instead, I made Balaam bless you, and so I rescued you from Balak.

English Standard Version
but I would not listen to Balaam. Indeed, he blessed you. So I delivered you out of his hand.

Berean Study Bible
but I would not listen to Balaam. So he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you from his hand.

King James Bible
But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.

New King James Version
But I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he continued to bless you. So I delivered you out of his hand.

New American Standard Bible
But I was not willing to listen to Balaam. So he had to bless you, and I saved you from his hand.

NASB 1995
‘But I was not willing to listen to Balaam. So he had to bless you, and I delivered you from his hand.

NASB 1977
‘But I was not willing to listen to Balaam. So he had to bless you, and I delivered you from his hand.

Amplified Bible
But I would not listen to Balaam. Therefore he had to bless you, so I saved you from Balak’s hand.

Christian Standard Bible
but I would not listen to Balaam. Instead, he repeatedly blessed you, and I rescued you from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but I would not listen to Balaam. Instead, he repeatedly blessed you, and I delivered you from his hand.”

American Standard Version
but I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I was not willing to listen to Belaam, and blessing I blessed you, and I saved you from his hands

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the Lord thy God would not destroy thee; and he greatly blessed us, and rescued us out of their hands, and delivered them to us.

Contemporary English Version
But I wouldn't listen to Balaam, and I rescued you by making him bless you instead of curse you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I would not hear him, but on the contrary I blessed you by him, and I delivered you out of his hand.

English Revised Version
but I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.

Good News Translation
But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you, and in this way I rescued you from Balak.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I refused to listen to Balaam. All he could do was bless you. So I saved you from his power.

International Standard Version
But I wasn't willing to listen to Balaam. So he had to bless you, and I delivered you from his control.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he even blessed you; so I delivered you out of his hand.

Literal Standard Version
and I have not been willing to listen to Balaam, and he greatly blesses you, and I deliver you out of his hand.

NET Bible
I refused to respond to Balaam; he kept prophesying good things about you, and I rescued you from his power.

New Heart English Bible
but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you still. So I delivered you out of his hand.

World English Bible
but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you still. So I delivered you out of his hand.

Young's Literal Translation
and I have not been willing to hearken to Balaam, and he doth greatly bless you, and I deliver you out of his hand.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Joshua Reviews Israel's History
9Then Balak son of Zippor, the king of Moab, set out to fight against Israel. He sent for Balaam son of Beor to curse you, 10but I would not listen to Balaam. So he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you from his hand. 11After this, you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The people of Jericho fought against you, as did the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites, and I delivered them into your hand.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 23:5
Yet the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, and the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.

Joshua 24:11
After this, you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The people of Jericho fought against you, as did the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites, and I delivered them into your hand.


Treasury of Scripture

But I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.

Numbers 22:11,12,18-20,35
Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out…

Numbers 23:3-12,15-26
And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to an high place…

Numbers 24:5-10
How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! …









Verse 10. - But I would not. The Hebrew shows that this is not simply the conditional form of the verb, but that it means I willed not. It was God's "determinate purpose" that Israel should not be accursed. Blessed yon still. Rather, perhaps, blessed you emphatically. And I delivered you out of his hand. Both here and in the narrative in Numbers 22-30, it is implied that Balaam's curse had power if he were permitted by God to pronounce it. Wicked as be was, he was regarded as a prophet of the Lord. There is not the slightest shadow of difference between the view of Balaam presented to us in this short paragraph and that in which he appears to us in the more expanded narrative of Moses.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
but I would
אָבִ֖יתִי (’ā·ḇî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 14: To breathe after, to be acquiescent

not
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

listen
לִשְׁמֹ֣עַ (liš·mō·a‘)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

to Balaam.
לְבִלְעָ֑ם (lə·ḇil·‘ām)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1109: Balaam -- a prophet

So he blessed you
וַיְבָ֤רֶךְ (way·ḇā·reḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

again and again,
בָּרוֹךְ֙ (bā·rō·wḵ)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

and I delivered
וָאַצִּ֥ל (wā·’aṣ·ṣil)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5337: To strip, plunder, deliver oneself, be delivered, snatch away, deliver

you
אֶתְכֶ֖ם (’eṯ·ḵem)
Direct object marker | second person masculine plural
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

from his hand.
מִיָּדֽוֹ׃ (mî·yā·ḏōw)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3027: A hand


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