Numbers 23:16
New International Version
The LORD met with Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Go back to Balak and give him this word.”

New Living Translation
And the LORD met Balaam and gave him a message. Then he said, “Go back to Balak and give him my message.”

English Standard Version
And the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus shall you speak.”

Berean Study Bible
And the LORD met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth, saying, “Return to Balak and speak what I tell you.”

King James Bible
And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

New King James Version
Then the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, “Go back to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and this is what you shall speak.”

NASB 1995
Then the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”

NASB 1977
Then the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”

Amplified Bible
Then the LORD met Balaam and put a speech in his mouth, and said, “Go back to Balak and you shall speak thus.”

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth. Then he said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth. Then He said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”

American Standard Version
And Jehovah met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And LORD JEHOVAH was revealed to Balaam and put the word in his mouth and said to him: “Go to Balaq and thus say to him.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And God met Balaam, and put a word into his mouth, and said, return to Balac, and thus shalt thou speak.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD appeared to Balaam and gave him another message, then he told him to go and tell Balak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the Lord had met him, and had put the word in his mouth, he said: Return to Balac, and thus shalt thou say to him.

English Revised Version
And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.

Good News Translation
The LORD met Balaam, told him what to say, and sent him back to Balak to give him his message.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD came to Balaam and told him, "Go back to Balak, and give him my message."

International Standard Version
Then the LORD met with Balaam and gave a message to him. "Now go back to Balak and speak to him."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said: 'Return unto Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.'

Literal Standard Version
and YHWH comes to Balaam, and sets a word in his mouth, and says, “Return to Balak, and thus you speak.”

NET Bible
Then the LORD met Balaam and put a message in his mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and speak what I tell you."

New Heart English Bible
And God met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and say this."

World English Bible
Yahweh met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and say this."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah cometh unto Balaam, and setteth a word in his mouth, and saith, 'Turn back unto Balak, and thus thou dost speak.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balaam's Second Oracle
15Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here beside your burnt offering while I meet the LORD over there.” 16And the LORD met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth, saying, “Return to Balak and speak what I tell you.” 17So he returned to Balak, who was standing there by his burnt offering with the princes of Moab. “What did the LORD say?” Balak asked.…

Cross References
Numbers 22:20
That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them, but you must only do what I tell you."

Numbers 23:15
Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your burnt offering while I meet the LORD over there."

Numbers 23:17
So he returned to Balak, who was standing there by his burnt offering with the princes of Moab. "What did the LORD say?" Balak asked.


Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again to Balak, and say thus.

Numbers 23:5
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

Numbers 22:35
And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

Numbers 24:1
And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And the LORD
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

met
וַיִּקָּ֤ר (way·yiq·qār)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7136: To light upon, to bring about, to impose timbers

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

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

and put
וַיָּ֥שֶׂם (way·yā·śem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

a message
דָּבָ֖ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

in his mouth,
בְּפִ֑יו (bə·p̄îw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

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

“Return
שׁ֥וּב (šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

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

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

and speak
תְדַבֵּֽר׃ (ṯə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

what I tell you.”
וְכֹ֥ה (wə·ḵōh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now


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