Numbers 24:22
New International Version
yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Ashur takes you captive.”

New Living Translation
But the Kenites will be destroyed when Assyria takes you captive.”

English Standard Version
Nevertheless, Kain shall be burned when Asshur takes you away captive.”

Berean Study Bible
Yet Kain will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive.”

King James Bible
Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

New King James Version
Nevertheless Kain shall be burned. How long until Asshur carries you away captive?”

New American Standard Bible
“Nevertheless Kain will suffer devastation; How long will Asshur keep you captive?”

NASB 1995
“Nevertheless Kain will be consumed; How long will Asshur keep you captive?”

NASB 1977
“Nevertheless Kain shall be consumed; How long shall Asshur keep you captive?”

Amplified Bible
“Nevertheless the Kenites will be consumed. How long will Asshur (Assyria) keep you (Israel) captive?”

Christian Standard Bible
Kain will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Kain will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive.

American Standard Version
Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted, Until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If Qain shall be for burning, unto Assyria they shall take you captive.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and though Beor should have a skillfully contrived hiding-place, the Assyrians shall carry thee away captive.

Contemporary English Version
but they will be wiped out when Assyria conquers them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou be chosen of the stock of Cin, how long shalt thou be able to continue? For Assur shall take thee captive.

English Revised Version
Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted, Until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

Good News Translation
But you Kenites will be destroyed When Assyria takes you captive."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But it is destined to be burned, you [descendants of] Cain, when Assyria takes you as prisoners of war."

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, Kain will be incinerated. How long will it take until Asshur takes you hostage?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted; How long? Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

Literal Standard Version
But the Kenite is for a burning; Until when does Asshur keep you captive?”

NET Bible
Nevertheless the Kenite will be consumed. How long will Asshur take you away captive?"

New Heart English Bible
Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted, until Asshur carries you away captive."

World English Bible
Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted, until Asshur carries you away captive."

Young's Literal Translation
But the Kenite is for a burning; Till when doth Asshur keep thee captive?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balaam's Final Three Oracles
21Next he saw the Kenites and lifted up an oracle, saying: “Your dwelling place is secure, and your nest is set in a cliff. 22Yet Kain will be destroyed when Asshur takes you captive.” 23Once more Balaam lifted up an oracle, saying: “Ah, who can live unless God has ordained it?…

Cross References
Genesis 10:21
And sons were also born to Shem, the older brother of Japheth; Shem was the forefather of all the sons of Eber.

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

Genesis 15:19
the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,

Numbers 24:23
Once more Balaam lifted up an oracle, saying: "Ah, who can live unless God has ordained it?


Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry you away captive.

when God

Numbers 23:23
Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!

2 Kings 5:1
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

Malachi 3:2
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:









Verse 22. - Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted. כִּי אִם־יִהְיֶה לְבָעֵר קָיִן. Rather, "Kain shall surely not be wasted." כִּי־אִם is of doubtful meaning, but it seems here to have the force of a negative question equivalent to a negation. Kain is mentioned in Joshua 15:57 as one of the towns of Judah, but there is little reason to suppose that an insignificant village is here mentioned by name. Probably "Kain" stands for the tribe-father, and is simply the poetical equivalent of Kenite. Until עַד־מָה. There is some uncertainty about these two particles, which are sometimes rendered "how long?" In the sense of "until" they are said to be an Aramaism, but this is doubtful.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Yet
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

Kain
קָ֑יִן (qā·yin)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 7014: Cain -- a city in southern Judah

will be
יִהְיֶ֖ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

destroyed
לְבָ֣עֵֽר (lə·ḇā·‘êr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 1197: To kindle, consume, to be, brutish

when
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

Asshur
אַשּׁ֥וּר (’aš·šūr)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 804: Ashshur

takes you captive.”
תִּשְׁבֶּֽךָּ׃ (tiš·be·kā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7617: To transport into captivity


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