Numbers 22:12
New International Version
But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”

New Living Translation
But God told Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!”

English Standard Version
God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

Berean Study Bible
But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse this people, for they are blessed.”

King James Bible
And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

New King James Version
And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

New American Standard Bible
But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

NASB 1995
God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

NASB 1977
And God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people; for they are blessed.”

Amplified Bible
God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people [of Israel], for they are blessed.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then God said to Balaam, “You are not to go with them. You are not to curse this people, for they are blessed.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then God said to Balaam, “You are not to go with them. You are not to curse this people, for they are blessed.”

American Standard Version
And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And God said to Balaam: “Do not go with them and do not curse the people, because it is blessed.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And God said to Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them, neither shalt thou curse the people; for they are blessed.

Contemporary English Version
But God replied, "Don't go with Balak's messengers. I have blessed those people who have come from Egypt, so don't curse them."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God said to Balaam : Thou shalt not go with them, nor shalt thou curse the people: because it is blessed.

English Revised Version
And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

Good News Translation
God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them, and do not put a curse on the people of Israel, because they have my blessing."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But God said to Balaam, "Don't go with them! Don't curse these people, because they are blessed."

International Standard Version
But God told Balaam, "Don't go with them. Don't curse the people, because they're blessed."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God said unto Balaam: 'Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.'

Literal Standard Version
and God says to Balaam, “You do not go with them; you do not curse the people, for it [is] blessed.”

NET Bible
But God said to Balaam, "You must not go with them; you must not curse the people, for they are blessed."

New Heart English Bible
And God said to Balaam, "You are not to go with them, and you are not to curse the people, for they are blessed."

World English Bible
God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people; for they are blessed."

Young's Literal Translation
and God saith unto Balaam, 'Thou dost not go with them; thou dost not curse the people; for it is blessed.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balak Summons Balaam
11‘Behold, a people has come out of Egypt, and they cover the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps I may be able to fight against them and drive them away.’ ” 12But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse this people, for they are blessed.” 13So Balaam got up the next morning and said to Balak’s princes, “Go back to your homeland, because the LORD has refused to let me go with you.”…

Cross References
Genesis 12:2
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

Genesis 22:17
I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

Numbers 22:6
So please come now and put a curse on this people, because they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I may be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land; for I know that those you bless are blessed, and those you curse are cursed."

Numbers 22:11
Behold, a people has come out of Egypt, and they cover the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps I may be able to fight against them and drive them away.'"

Numbers 22:13
So Balaam got up the next morning and said to Balak's princes, "Go back to your homeland, because the LORD has refused to let me go with you."

Numbers 23:8
How can I curse what God has not cursed? How can I denounce what the LORD has not denounced?

Numbers 23:20
I have indeed received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot change it.


Treasury of Scripture

And God said to Balaam, You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people: for they are blessed.

Balaam, Thou shalt

Numbers 22:20
And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

Job 33:15-17
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; …

Matthew 27:19
When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

thou shalt not curse

Numbers 22:19
Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.

Numbers 23:3,13-15,19,23
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…

Micah 6:5
O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

for they

Numbers 23:20
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

Genesis 12:2
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Genesis 22:16-18
And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: …











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But God
אֱלֹהִים֙ (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

said
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Balaam,
בִּלְעָ֔ם (bil·‘ām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1109: Balaam -- a prophet

“Do not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

go
תֵלֵ֖ךְ (ṯê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

with them.
עִמָּהֶ֑ם (‘im·mā·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

You are not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

to curse
תָאֹר֙ (ṯā·’ōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 779: To execrate

this people,
הָעָ֔ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

for
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they
הֽוּא׃ (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

are blessed.”
בָר֖וּךְ (ḇā·rūḵ)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse


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