Balaam's Prophecy

10 Then Balak's anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, "I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times. 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the Lord has kept you from being rewarded." 12 Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell the messengers you sent me, 13 'Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the Lord-and I must say only what the Lord says'? 14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come."

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Numbers 24:10-14

Commentary on Numbers 24:10-14

(Read Numbers 24:10-14)

This vain attempt to curse Israel is ended. Balak broke out into a rage against Balaam, and expressed great vexation. Balaam has a very full excuse; God restrained him from saying what he would have said, and constrained him to say what he would not have uttered.