23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and (a) Balak and Balaam offered on [every] altar a bullock and a ram.
(a) For among the Gentiles the kings often used
to sacrifice, as did the priests.
23:4 And God b
met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have
offered upon [every] altar a bullock and a ram.
(b) Appeared to him.
23:5 And the LORD c
put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt
(c) Taught him what to say.
23:7 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, d
(d) Cause everyone to hate and detest them.
23:9 For from the top of the
rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell
alone, and shall not be reckoned among the e
(e) But shall have religion and laws apart.
23:10 Who can count the f
dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth [part] of Israel? Let me g
die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!
(f) The infinite multitude, as the dust of the
(g) The fear of God's judgment caused him to
wish to be joined to the household of Abraham: thus the wicked have their
consciences wounded when they consider God's judgments.
h God [is] not a man, that he should
lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he
not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
(h) God's enemies are compelled to confess that
his government is just, constant, and without change or repentance.
23:21 He hath not beheld
iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God
[is] with him, and the i shout of a king
[is] among them.
(i) They triumph as victorious kings over their
23:23 Surely [there is] no
enchantment against Jacob, neither [is there] any divination against Israel: k
according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God
(k) Considering what God will work this time for
the deliverance of his people, all the world will wonder.
And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another l
place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from
(l) Thus the wicked imagine of God that what he
will not grant in one place, he will do in another.