Numbers 23:7
New International Version
Then Balaam spoke his message: "Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains. 'Come,' he said, 'curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.'

New Living Translation
This was the message Balaam delivered: "Balak summoned me to come from Aram; the king of Moab brought me from the eastern hills. 'Come,' he said, 'curse Jacob for me! Come and announce Israel's doom.'

English Standard Version
And Balaam took up his discourse and said, “From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: ‘Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!’

Berean Study Bible
And Balaam lifted up an oracle, saying: “Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the mountains of the east. ‘Come,’ he said, ‘put a curse on Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel!’

New American Standard Bible
He took up his discourse and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, Moab's king from the mountains of the East, 'Come curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!'

King James Bible
And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.

Christian Standard Bible
Balaam proclaimed his poem: Balak brought me from Aram; the king of Moab, from the eastern mountains: "Come, put a curse on Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel!"

Contemporary English Version
Balaam said: "King Balak of Moab brought me from the hills of Syria to curse Israel and announce its doom.

Good News Translation
Balaam uttered this prophecy: "Balak king of Moab has brought me From Syria, from the eastern mountains. 'Come speak for me,' he said. 'Put a curse on the people of Israel.'

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Balaam proclaimed his poem: Balak brought me from Aram; the king of Moab, from the eastern mountains:" Come, put a curse on Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel!"

International Standard Version
Then Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "King Balak of Moab brought me from Aram, from the eastern mountains, and told me, 'Come and curse Jacob for me. Come and curse Israel.'

NET Bible
Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying, "Balak, the king of Moab, brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, 'Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.'

New Heart English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "From Aram has Balak brought me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. 'Come, curse Jacob for me. Come, defy Israel.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Balaam delivered this message: "Balak brought me from Aram. The king of Moab summoned me from the eastern mountains. 'Come, curse Jacob for me,' he said. 'Come, condemn Israel.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he took up his parable, and said: From Aram Balak bringeth me, The king of Moab from the mountains of the East: 'Come, curse me Jacob, And come, execrate Israel.'

New American Standard 1977
And he took up his discourse and said, “From Aram Balak has brought me, Moab’s king from the mountains of the East, ‘Come curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he took up his parable and said, Balak, the king of Moab, has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob and come, denounce Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And he took up his oracle, and said, Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse for me Jacob, and come, denounce Israel.

American King James Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.

American Standard Version
And he took up his parable, and said, From Aram hath Balak brought me, The king of Moab from the mountains of the East: Come, curse me Jacob, And come, defy Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And taking up his parable, he said: Balac king of the Moabites hath brought me from Aram, from the mountains of the east: Come, said he, and curse Jacob: make haste and detest Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, from the mountains of the east: Come, curse me Jacob, and come, denounce Israel!

English Revised Version
And he took up his parable, and said, From Aram hath Balak brought me, The king of Moab from the mountains of the East: Come, curse me Jacob, And come, defy Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, defy Israel.

World English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "From Aram has Balak brought me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. Come, curse Jacob for me. Come, defy Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'From Aram he doth lead me -- Balak king of Moab; From mountains of the east: Come -- curse for me Jacob, And come -- be indignant with Israel.
Study Bible
Balaam's First Oracle
6So he returned to Balak, who was standing there beside his burnt offering, with all the princes of Moab. 7And Balaam lifted up an oracle, saying: “Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the mountains of the east. ‘Come,’ he said, ‘put a curse on Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel!’ 8How can I curse what God has not cursed? How can I denounce what the LORD has not denounced?…
Cross References
Numbers 22:5
he sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates in the land of his people. "Behold, a people has come out of Egypt," said Balak. "They cover the face of the land and have settled next to me.

Numbers 22:6
So please come now and put a curse on these 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 23:6
So he returned to Balak, who was standing there beside his burnt offering, with all the princes of Moab.

Deuteronomy 23:4
For they did not meet you with food and water on your way out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram-naharaim to curse you.

Job 29:1
Again, Job continued his discourse and said:

Treasury of Scripture

And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.

he took

Numbers 23:18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; listen …

Numbers 24:3,15,23 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has …

Job 27:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

Job 29:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Ezekiel 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;

Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

Micah 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with …

Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting …

Matthew 13:33,35 Another parable spoke he to them; The kingdom of heaven is like to …

Mark 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they …

parable. The word mashal, which as a verb is to rule, have authority, and also to compare, as a noun signifies whatever is expressed in parabolic or figurative language. All these oracular speeches of Balaam are in hemistich metre in the original. They are highly dignified and sublime; and may be considered as immediate poetic productions of the Spirit of God.

Numbers 24:2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents …

Aram

Numbers 22:5 He sent messengers therefore to Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, …

Genesis 10:22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

Genesis 28:2,7 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father…

Deuteronomy 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when …

come

Numbers 22:6,11,17 Come now therefore, I pray you, curse me this people; for they are …

Proverbs 26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse …

defy Israel

1 Samuel 17:10,25,26,36,45 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give …

2 Samuel 21:21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother …

2 Samuel 23:9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the …







Lexicon
And Balaam lifted up
וַיִּשָּׂ֥א (way·yiś·śā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

an oracle,
מְשָׁל֖וֹ (mə·šā·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4912: A pithy maxim, a simile

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

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

brought
יַנְחֵ֨נִי (yan·ḥê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5148: To guide, to transport

me from
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

Aram,
אֲ֠רָם (’ă·rām)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 758: Aram -- Syria

the king
מֶֽלֶךְ־ (me·leḵ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

of Moab
מוֹאָב֙ (mō·w·’āḇ)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4124: Moab -- a son of Lot,also his descendants and the territory where they settled

from the mountains
מֵֽהַרְרֵי־ (mê·har·rê-)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2042: Hill, mountain

of the east.
קֶ֔דֶם (qe·ḏem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6924: The front, of place, time

‘Come,’ he said,
לְכָה֙ (lə·ḵāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

‘put a curse
אָֽרָה־ (’ā·rāh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 779: To execrate

on Jacob
יַעֲקֹ֔ב (ya·‘ă·qōḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3290: Jacob -- a son of Isaac, also his desc

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

come,
וּלְכָ֖ה (ū·lə·ḵāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

denounce
זֹעֲמָ֥ה (zō·‘ă·māh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2194: To foam at the mouth, to be enraged

Israel!’
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc
Verse 7. - Took up his parable. מָשָׁל (cf. Numbers 21:27). Balaam's utterances were in the highest degree poetical, according to the antithetic form of the poetry of that day, which delighted in sustained parallelisms, in lofty figures, and in abrupt turns. The "mashal" of Balaam resembled the "burden" of the later prophets in this, that it was not a discourse uttered to men, but a thing revealed in him of which he had to deliver himself as best he might in such words as came to him. His inward eye was fixed on this revelation, and he gave utterance to it without consideration of those who heard. Aram, i.e., Aram-Naharaim, or Mesopotamia (cf. Genesis 29:1; Deuteronomy 23:4). Defy, or "threaten,' i.e., with the wrath of Heaven. Jacob. The use of this name as the poetical equivalent of Israel shows that Balaam was familiar with the story of the patriarch, and understood his relation to the people before him. 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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