Numbers 23:4
New International Version
God met with him, and Balaam said, “I have prepared seven altars, and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.”

New Living Translation
and God met him there. Balaam said to him, “I have prepared seven altars and have sacrificed a young bull and a ram on each altar.”

English Standard Version
and God met Balaam. And Balaam said to him, “I have arranged the seven altars and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.”

Berean Study Bible
and God met with him. “I have set up seven altars,” Balaam said, “and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.”

King James Bible
And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

New King James Version
And God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.”

New American Standard Bible
Now God met with Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.”

NASB 1995
Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.”

NASB 1977
Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.”

Amplified Bible
Now God met Balaam, who said to Him, “I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered a bull and a ram on each altar.”

Christian Standard Bible
God met with him and Balaam said to him, “I have arranged seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God met with him and Balaam said to Him, “I have arranged seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.”

American Standard Version
And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And God was revealed to Balaam and said to him: “Seven altars you have prepared and you offered up bulls and rams on the altar.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Balaam went to enquire of God; and he went straight forward, and God appeared to Balaam; and Balaam said to him, I have prepared the seven altars, and have offered a calf and a ram on every altar.

Contemporary English Version
When God appeared to him, Balaam said, "I have built seven altars and have sacrificed a bull and a ram on each one."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he was gone with speed, God met him. And Balaam speaking to him, said: I have erected seven altars, and have laid on everyone a calf and a ram.

English Revised Version
And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.

Good News Translation
and God met him. Balaam said to him, "I have built the seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God came to him, and Balaam said, "I have set up seven altars, and I offered a bull and a ram on each altar."

International Standard Version
where the LORD met with Balaam, who told him, "I've prepared seven altars and offered bulls and rams on an altar."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God met Balaam; and he said unto Him: 'I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.'

Literal Standard Version
And God comes to Balaam, and he says to Him, “I have arranged the seven altars, and I offer a bullock and a ram on the altar”;

NET Bible
Then God met Balaam, who said to him, "I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram."

New Heart English Bible
And God met Balaam, and he said to him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on every altar."

World English Bible
God met Balaam: and he said to him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on every altar."

Young's Literal Translation
And God cometh unto Balaam, and he saith unto Him, 'The seven altars I have arranged, and I offer a bullock and a ram on the altar;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balaam's First Oracle
3“Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone,” Balaam said to Balak. “Perhaps the LORD will meet with me. And whatever He reveals to me, I will tell you.” So Balaam went off to a barren height, 4and God met with him. “I have set up seven altars,” Balaam said, “and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.” 5Then the LORD put a message in Balaam’s mouth, saying, “Return to Balak and give him this message.”…

Cross References
Numbers 23:3
"Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone," Balaam said to Balak. "Perhaps the LORD will meet with me. And whatever He reveals to me, I will tell you." So Balaam went off to a barren height,

Numbers 23:5
Then the LORD put a message in Balaam's mouth, saying, "Return to Balak and give him this message."


Treasury of Scripture

And God met Balaam: and he said to him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

God

Numbers 23:16
And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

Numbers 22:9,20
And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? …

I have prepared

Numbers 23:1
And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

Isaiah 58:3,4
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours…

Matthew 20:12
Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.









Verse 4. - I have prepared seven altars. Balaam, acting for the king of Moab, his heathen patron, in this difficult business, points out to God that he had given him the full quota of sacrifices to begin with. It was implied in this reminder that God would naturally feel disposed to do something for Balaam in return.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

met
וַיִּקָּ֥ר (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

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

“I have set up
עָרַ֔כְתִּי (‘ā·raḵ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6186: To set in a, row, arrange, put in order

seven
שִׁבְעַ֤ת (šiḇ·‘aṯ)
Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

altars,”
הַֽמִּזְבְּחֹת֙ (ham·miz·bə·ḥōṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4196: An altar

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

“and on each altar
בַּמִּזְבֵּֽחַ׃ (bam·miz·bê·aḥ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4196: An altar

I have offered
וָאַ֛עַל (wā·’a·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

a bull
פָּ֥ר (pār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6499: Young bull, steer

and a ram.”
וָאַ֖יִל (wā·’a·yil)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 352: Strength, strong, a chief, a ram, a pilaster, an oak, strong tree


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