Numbers 23:1
New International Version
Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."

New Living Translation
Then Balaam said to King Balak, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven young bulls and seven rams for me to sacrifice."

English Standard Version
And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.”

Berean Study Bible
Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare for me seven bulls and seven rams.”

New American Standard Bible
Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars for me here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here."

King James Bible
And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

Christian Standard Bible
Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."

Contemporary English Version
Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars here, then bring seven bulls and seven rams."

Good News Translation
He said to Balak, "Build seven altars here for me, and bring me seven bulls and seven rams."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."

International Standard Version
Balaam told Balak, "Build for me here seven altars and prepare here for me seven bulls and seven rams."

NET Bible
Balaam said to Balak, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams."

New Heart English Bible
Balaam said to Balak, "Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bulls and seven rams."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.'

New American Standard 1977
Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

King James 2000 Bible
And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

American King James Version
And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

American Standard Version
And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Balaam said to Balac, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven calves, and seven rams.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Balaam said to Balac: Build me here seven altars, and prepare as many calves, and the same number of rams.

Darby Bible Translation
And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

English Revised Version
And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

World English Bible
Balaam said to Balak, "Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bulls and seven rams."

Young's Literal Translation
And Balaam saith unto Balak, 'Build for me in this place seven altars, and make ready for me in this place seven bullocks and seven rams.'
Study Bible
Balaam's First Oracle
1Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare for me seven bulls and seven rams.” 2So Balak did as Balaam had directed, and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar.…
Cross References
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.

Numbers 23:2
So Balak did as Balaam had directed, and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

1 Chronicles 15:26
And because God had helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

Job 42:8
So now, take seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. Then My servant Job will pray for you, for I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken accurately about Me, as My servant Job has."

Ezekiel 45:23
Each day during the seven days of the feast, he shall provide seven bulls and seven rams without blemish as a burnt offering to the LORD, along with a male goat for a sin offering.

Treasury of Scripture

And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

build me

Numbers 23:29
And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

Ezekiel 33:31
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Jude 1:11
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

seven altars

Exodus 20:24
An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

Exodus 27:1
And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.

1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

seven oxen

Numbers 29:32
And on the seventh day seven bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year without blemish:

1 Chronicles 15:26
And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams.

2 Chronicles 29:21
And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.







Lexicon
Then Balaam
בִּלְעָם֙ (bil·‘ām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1109: Balaam -- a prophet

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

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

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

“Build
בְּנֵה־ (bə·nêh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

me
לִ֥י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

seven
שִׁבְעָ֣ה (šiḇ·‘āh)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

altars
מִזְבְּחֹ֑ת (miz·bə·ḥōṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar

here,
בָזֶ֖ה (ḇā·zeh)
Preposition-b | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

and prepare
וְהָכֵ֥ן (wə·hā·ḵên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

for me
לִי֙ (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

seven
שִׁבְעָ֥ה (šiḇ·‘āh)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

bulls
פָרִ֖ים (p̄ā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6499: Young bull, steer

and seven
וְשִׁבְעָ֥ה (wə·šiḇ·‘āh)
Conjunctive waw | Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

rams.”
אֵילִֽים׃ (’ê·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 352: Strength, strong, a chief, a ram, a pilaster, an oak, strong tree
XXIII.

(1) Build me here seven altars.--The patriarchs of old, as their pious descendants after the giving of the Law, never erected more than one altar in one place. A plurality of altars was the badge of idolatry. Hengsten-berg adduces several instances in proof that the ancients were accustomed to have recourse to sacrifice and conjuration in order to avert calamity and produce prosperity. (History of Balaam and his Prophecies, p. 392.) The number seven was regarded as significant among the Greeks and Romans, as well as among the Israelites.

Chapter 23:1. - Build me here seven altars. According to the common opinion of the heathen, it was necessary to propitiate with sacrifices the God with whom they had to do, and if possible to secure his favourable consideration on their side. The number seven was especially connected with the revelation of the tree God, the Creator of the world, and was probably observed here for this reason. The sacrifices were offered no doubt to Jehovah. 23:1-10 With the camps of Israel full in view, Balaam ordered seven altars to be built, and a bullock and a ram to be offered on each. Oh the sottishness of superstition, to imagine that God will be at man's beck! The curse is turned into a blessing, by the overruling power of God, in love to Israel. God designed to serve his own glory by Balaam, and therefore met him. If God put a word into the mouth of Balaam, who would have defied God and Israel, surely he will not be wanting to those who desire to glorify God, and to edify his people; it shall be given what they should speak. He who opened the mouth of the ass, caused the mouth of this wicked man to speak words as contrary to the desire of his heart, as those of the ass were to the powers of the brute. The miracle was as great in the one case as in the other. Balaam pronounces Israel safe. He owns he could do no more than God suffered him to do. He pronounces them happy in their distinction from the rest of the nations. Happy in their numbers, which made them both honourable and formidable. Happy in their last end. Death is the end of all men; even the righteous must die, and it is good for us to think of this with regard to ourselves, as Balaam does here, speaking of his own death. He pronounces the righteous truly blessed, not only while they live, but when they die; which makes their death even more desirable than life itself. But there are many who desire to die the death of the righteous, but do not endeavour to live the life of the righteous; gladly would they have an end like theirs, but not a way like theirs. They would be saints in heaven, but not saints on earth. This saying of Balaam's is only a wish, not a prayer; it is a vain wish, being only a wish for the end, without any care for the means. Many seek to quiet their consciences with the promise of future amendment, or take up with some false hope, while they neglect the only way of salvation, by which a sinner can be righteous before God.
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