Numbers 24:2
New International Version
When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him

New Living Translation
where he saw the people of Israel camped, tribe by tribe. Then the Spirit of God came upon him,

English Standard Version
And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him,

Berean Study Bible
When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him,

King James Bible
And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.

New King James Version
And Balaam raised his eyes, and saw Israel encamped according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him.

New American Standard Bible
And Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came upon him.

NASB 1995
And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came upon him.

NASB 1977
And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came upon him.

Amplified Bible
And Balaam raised his eyes and he saw Israel living in their tents tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came on him.

Christian Standard Bible
When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him,

American Standard Version
And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Balaam lifted his eyes and he saw Israel encamped tribes by tribes, and there the Spirit of God was upon him.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and sees Israel encamped by their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him.

Contemporary English Version
and saw the tribes of Israel camped below. Just then, God's Spirit took control of him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And lifting up his eyes, he saw Israel abiding in their tents by their tribes: and the spirit of God rushing upon him,

English Revised Version
And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.

Good News Translation
and saw the people of Israel camped tribe by tribe. The spirit of God took control of him,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
looked up, and saw Israel's camp grouped by tribes. The Spirit of God entered him,

International Standard Version
looked up, and saw Israel encamped in their respective tribal order. Just then, the spirit of God came upon him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling tribe by tribe; and the spirit of God came upon him.

Literal Standard Version
and Balaam lifts up his eyes, and sees Israel dwelling by its tribes, and the Spirit of God is on him,

NET Bible
When Balaam lifted up his eyes, he saw Israel camped tribe by tribe; and the Spirit of God came upon him.

New Heart English Bible
Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came on him.

World English Bible
Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came on him.

Young's Literal Translation
and Balaam lifteth up his eyes, and seeth Israel tabernacling, by its tribes, and the Spirit of God is upon him,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balaam's Third Oracle
1And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as on previous occasions, but he turned his face toward the wilderness. 2When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him, 3and he lifted up an oracle, saying: “This is the prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of a man whose eyes are open,…

Cross References
Revelation 1:10
On the Lord's day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,

Numbers 2:2
"The Israelites are to camp around the Tent of Meeting at a distance from it, each man under his standard, with the banners of his family.

Numbers 11:26
Two men, however, had remained in the camp--one named Eldad and the other Medad--and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those listed, but they had not gone out to the tent, and they prophesied in the camp.

Judges 3:10
The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he became Israel's judge and went out to war. And the LORD delivered Cushan-rishathaim king of Aram into the hand of Othniel, who prevailed against him.

1 Samuel 19:20
he sent messengers to capture him. But when they saw the group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel leading them, the Spirit of God came upon them, and Saul's messengers also began to prophesy.


Treasury of Scripture

And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came on him.

he took up

Numbers 23:7,18
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…

whose eyes are open hath said.

Numbers 24:4,16
He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: …

Numbers 22:31
Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.









(2) Abiding in his tents . . . --i.e., encamped according to the order prescribed for the respective tribes. The cognate noun is rendered tabernacles in Numbers 24:5.

And the spirit of God came upon him.--In regard to the two former utterances, it is said that Jehovah put a word in the mouth of Balaam (Numbers 23:5; Numbers 23:15). In the present case the Spirit of God came upon (or, over) him. The same expression is used of the messengers of Saul (1Samuel 19:20), and of Saul himself (Ibid, Numbers 24:23). The prophecy of Caiaphas (John 11:15) affords another instance of the sovereign power of the Spirit as displayed through the medium of wicked men. . . .

Verse 2. - The spirit of God came upon him. This seems to intimate a higher state of inspiration than the expression, "God put a word into his mouth" (Numbers 23:5, 16).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When Balaam
בִלְעָ֜ם (ḇil·‘ām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1109: Balaam -- a prophet

looked up
וַיִּשָּׂ֨א (way·yiś·śā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

and saw
וַיַּרְא֙ (way·yar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

encamped
שֹׁכֵ֖ן (šō·ḵên)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7931: To settle down, abide, dwell

tribe by tribe,
לִשְׁבָטָ֑יו (liš·ḇā·ṭāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

the Spirit
ר֥וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

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

came
וַתְּהִ֥י (wat·tə·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

upon him,
עָלָ֖יו (‘ā·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against


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