Numbers 24:3
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New International Version
and he spoke his message: "The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,

King James Bible
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

Darby Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, and the man of opened eye saith,

World English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;

Young's Literal Translation
and he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor -- And an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut --

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He took up his parable - His prophetic declaration couched in highly poetic terms, and in regular metre, as the preceding were.

The man whose eyes are open - I believe the original שתם shethum, should be translated shut, not open; for in the next verse, where the opening of his eyes is mentioned, a widely different word is used, גלה galah, which signifies to open or reveal. At first the eyes of Balaam were shut, and so closely too that he could not see the angel who withstood him, till God opened his eyes; nor could he see the gracious intentions of God towards Israel, till the eyes of his understanding were opened by the powers of the Divine Spirit. This therefore he mentions, we may suppose, with humility and gratitude, and to the credit of the prophecy which he is now about to deliver, that the Moabites may receive it as the word of God, which must be fulfilled in due season. His words, in their meaning, are similar to those of the blind man in the Gospel: "Once I was blind, but now I see."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known to him in a vision...

Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and, see, an horror of great darkness fell on him.

Psalm 89:19 Then you spoke in vision to your holy one, and said, I have laid help on one that is mighty...

Daniel 8:26,27 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: why shut you up the vision; for it shall be for many days...

Acts 10:10,19 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance...

Acts 22:17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;

2 Corinthians 12:1-4 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord...


Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand...

1 Samuel 19:24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night...

Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about...

Daniel 8:17,18 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell on my face: but he said to me, Understand, O son of man...

Daniel 10:15,16 And when he had spoken such words to me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb...

Revelation 1:10,17 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet...

While Antony was Thus Speaking all Rejoiced; in Some the Love of virtue Increased...
44. While Antony was thus speaking all rejoiced; in some the love of virtue increased, in others carelessness was thrown aside, the self-conceit of others was stopped; and all were persuaded to despise the assaults of the Evil One, and marvelled at the grace given to Antony from the Lord for the discerning of spirits. So their cells were in the mountains, like filled with holy bands of men who sang psalms, loved reading, fasted, prayed, rejoiced in the hope of things to come, laboured in alms-giving,
Athanasius—Select Works and Letters or Athanasius

The Jewish Dispersion in the West - the Hellenists - Origin of Hellenist Literature in the Greek Translation of the Bible - Character of the Septuagint.
When we turn from the Jewish dispersion' in the East to that in the West, we seem to breathe quite a different atmosphere. Despite their intense nationalism, all unconsciously to themselves, their mental characteristics and tendencies were in the opposite direction from those of their brethren. With those of the East rested the future of Judaism; with them of the West, in a sense, that of the world. The one represented old Israel, stretching forth its hands to where the dawn of a new day was about
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Numbers 24:15
Then he spoke his message: "The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,

Numbers 24:16
the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

Job 29:1
Job continued his discourse:

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