Numbers 22:40
New International Version
Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and gave some to Balaam and the officials who were with him.

New Living Translation
where the king sacrificed cattle and sheep. He sent portions of the meat to Balaam and the officials who were with him.

English Standard Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent for Balaam and for the princes who were with him.

Berean Study Bible
Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and he gave portions to Balaam and the princes who were with him.

King James Bible
And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

New King James Version
Then Balak offered oxen and sheep, and he sent some to Balaam and to the princes who were with him.

New American Standard Bible
Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent some to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.

NASB 1995
Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent some to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.

NASB 1977
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent some to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.

Amplified Bible
Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent some to Balaam and to the leaders who were with him.

Christian Standard Bible
Balak sacrificed cattle, sheep, and goats and sent for Balaam and the officials who were with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent for Balaam and the officials who were with him.

American Standard Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Balaq slaughtered bulls and sheep and he sent to Balaam and to the Princes of his people.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Balac offered sheep and calves, and sent to Balaam and to his princes who were with him.

Contemporary English Version
where Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep and gave some of the meat to Balaam and the officials who were with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Balac had killed oxen and sheep, he sent presents to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

English Revised Version
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Good News Translation
where Balak slaughtered cattle and sheep and gave some of the meat to Balaam and the leaders who were with him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Balak sacrificed cattle, sheep, and goats, and sent some of the meat to Balaam and the princes who were with him.

International Standard Version
where he sacrificed oxen and sheep.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Literal Standard Version
and Balak sacrifices oxen and sheep, and sends [some] to Balaam and to the princes who [are] with him;

NET Bible
And Balak sacrificed bulls and sheep, and sent some to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.

New Heart English Bible
Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.

World English Bible
Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.

Young's Literal Translation
and Balak sacrificeth oxen and sheep, and sendeth to Balaam, and to the princes who are with him;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Angel and Balaam's Donkey
39So Balaam accompanied Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth. 40Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and he gave portions to Balaam and the princes who were with him. 41The next morning, Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-baal. From there he could see the outskirts of the camp of the people.…

Cross References
Numbers 22:39
So Balaam accompanied Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth.

Numbers 22:41
The next morning, Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-baal. From there he could see the outskirts of the camp of the people.


Treasury of Scripture

And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Numbers 23:2,14,30
And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram…

Genesis 31:54
Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.

Proverbs 1:16
For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.









(40) And Balak offered . . . --Better, and Balak slew (or, slaughtered in sacrifice), &c. The word rendered offered does not necessarily denote anything more than to slay. It is very commonly used, however, to denote slaying in sacrifice; and it is most probable that Balak made a sacrificial feast, and sent portions of the flesh to Balaam and the princes who were with him. Kings not unfrequently acted as priests of old, as, e.g., Melchizedek. (Comp. Rex Anius, rex idem hominum Phoebique sacerdos, Aen. 3:80.)

Verse 40. - Balak offered oxen and sheep. Probably these sacrifices were offered not to Chemosh, but to the Lord, in whose name Balaam always spoke. Indeed the known fact that Beldam was a prophet of the Lord was no doubt one of Balak's chief reasons for wishing to obtain his services. Balak shared the common opinion of antiquity, that the various national deities were enabled by circumstances past human understanding to do sometimes more, sometimes less, for their special votaries. He perceived that the God of Israel was likely, as things stood, to carry all before him; but he thought that he might by judicious management be won over, at least to some extent, to desert the cause of Israel and to favour that of Moab. To this end he "retained" at great cost the services of Balaam, the prophet of the Lord, and to this end he was willing to offer any number of sacrifices. Even the resolute and self-reliant Romans believed in the wisdom of such a policy. Thus Pliny quotes ancient authors as affirming "in oppugnationibus ante omnia solitum a Romanis sacrdotibus evocari Deum, cujus in tutela id oppidum esset, promittique illi eundem aut ampliorem apud Romanos cultum," and he adds, "durat in Pontificum disciplina id sacrum, constatque ideo occultatum, in cujus Dei tutela Roma esset, ne qui hostium simili modo agerent." And sent, i.e., portions of the sacrificial meats.

CHAPTER 22:41; 23, 24

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Balak
בָּלָ֖ק (bā·lāq)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1111: Balak -- 'devastator', a Moabite king

sacrificed
וַיִּזְבַּ֥ח (way·yiz·baḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2076: To slaughter for sacrifice

cattle
בָּקָ֣ר (bā·qār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1241: Beef cattle, ox, a herd

and sheep,
וָצֹ֑אן (wā·ṣōn)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

and he gave [portions]
וַיְשַׁלַּ֣ח (way·šal·laḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

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

and the princes
וְלַשָּׂרִ֖ים (wə·laś·śā·rîm)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8269: Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince

who
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

were with him.
אִתּֽוֹ׃ (’it·tōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among


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