New International Version
How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?
King James Bible
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?
Darby Bible Translation
How shall I curse whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I denounce whom Jehovah doth not denounce?
World English Bible
How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? How shall I defy whom Yahweh has not defied?
Young's Literal Translation
What -- do I pierce? -- God hath not pierced! And what -- am I indignant? -- Jehovah hath not been indignant!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? - It was granted on all hands that no incantations nor imprecations could avail, unless God concurred and ratified them. From God's communication to Balaam he saw that God was determined to bless and defend Israel, and therefore all endeavors to injure them must be in vain.
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Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed."
But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed."
Then Balaam spoke his message: "Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains. 'Come,' he said, 'curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.'
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
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