New American Standard Bible
Then he took up his discourse and said, "Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?
King James Bible
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!
Darby Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas! Who shall live when �God doeth this?
World English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God does this?
Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Alas! who doth live when God doth this?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
When God doeth this - The eventual carrying away of the allies of Israel by Assyria presented itself to Balaam as the ruin of all peace and safety upon earth. One prediction was howerer, yet wanting, and is next given, namely, that the conquerors of the Kenites should fare no better than the Kenites themselves.
I. (Princes and kings, p. 13.) How memorable the histories, moreover, of Nebuchadnezzar  and his decrees; of Darius  and his also; but especially of Cyrus and his great monumental edict!  The beautiful narratives of the Queen of Sheba and of the Persian consort of Queen Esther (probably Xerxes) are also manifestations of the ways of Providence in giving light to the heathen world through that "nation of priests" in Israel. But Lactantius, who uses the Sibyls so freely, should …
Lactantius—The divine institutes
The Plan for the Coming of Jesus.
"Nevertheless Kain will be consumed; How long will Asshur keep you captive?"
"But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim, And they shall afflict Asshur and will afflict Eber; So they also will come to destruction."
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