Numbers 23:8
New International Version
How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?

New Living Translation
But how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the LORD has not condemned?

English Standard Version
How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?

Berean Study Bible
How can I curse what God has not cursed? How can I denounce what the LORD has not denounced?

New American Standard Bible
"How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?

New King James Version
“How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?

King James Bible
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

Christian Standard Bible
How can I curse someone God has not cursed? How can I denounce someone the LORD has not denounced?

Contemporary English Version
But I can't go against God! He did not curse or condemn Israel. *

Good News Translation
How can I curse what God has not cursed, Or speak of doom when the LORD has not?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can I curse someone God has not cursed? How can I denounce someone the LORD has not denounced?

International Standard Version
But how can I curse those whom God hasn't cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD hasn't denounced?

NET Bible
How can I curse one whom God has not cursed, or how can I denounce one whom the LORD has not denounced?

New Heart English Bible
How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? How shall I defy whom the LORD has not defied?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can I curse those whom God hasn't cursed? How can I condemn those whom the LORD hasn't condemned?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? And how shall I execrate, whom the LORD hath not execrated?

New American Standard 1977
“How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce, whom the LORD has not denounced?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why should I curse one whom God has not cursed? And why should I denounce one whom the LORD has not denounced?

King James 2000 Bible
How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? or how shall I denounce, whom the LORD has not denounced?

American King James Version
How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD has not defied?

American Standard Version
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? And how shall I defy, whom Jehovah hath not defied?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
How can I curse whom the Lord curses not? or how can I devote whom God devotes not?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How shall I curse him, whom God hath not cursed? By what means should I detest him, whom the Lord detesteth not?

Darby Bible Translation
How shall I curse whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I denounce whom Jehovah doth not denounce?

English Revised Version
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? And how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

Webster's Bible Translation
How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

World English Bible
How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? How shall I defy whom Yahweh has not defied?

Young's Literal Translation
What -- do I pierce? -- God hath not pierced! And what -- am I indignant? -- Jehovah hath not been indignant!
Study Bible
Balaam's First Oracle
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 and denounce Israel!’ 8How can I curse what God has not cursed? How can I denounce what the LORD has not denounced? 9For I see them from atop the rocky cliffs, and I watch them from the hills. Behold, a people dwelling apart, who will not reckon themselves among the nations.…
Cross References
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 22:12
But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You are not to curse this people, for they are blessed."

Numbers 23:7
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 and denounce Israel!'

Proverbs 26:2
Like a fluttering sparrow or darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

Treasury of Scripture

How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD has not defied?

Numbers 23:20,23
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it…

Isaiah 44:25
That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;

Isaiah 47:12,13
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail…







Lexicon
How
מָ֣ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can I curse [what]
קַבֹּ֖ה (qab·bōh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6895: To scoop out, to malign, execrate

God
אֵ֑ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

has not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

cursed?
אֶקֹּ֔ב (’eq·qōḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5344: To puncture

How
וּמָ֣ה (ū·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can I denounce [what]
אֶזְעֹ֔ם (’ez·‘ōm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2194: To foam at the mouth, to be enraged

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

has not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

denounced?
זָעַ֖ם (zā·‘am)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2194: To foam at the mouth, to be enraged
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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