Numbers 23:1

“And Balaam saide vnto Balak, Build me here seuen Altars, and prepare mee here seuen oxen, and seuen rammes.”

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And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.
- King James Version

Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars for me here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Balaam said to Balak, Make me here seven altars and get ready seven oxen and seven male sheep.
- Basic English Bible

And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.
- Darby Bible

And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.
- Webster's Bible

Balaam said to Balak, "Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bulls and seven rams."
- World English Bible

And Balaam saith unto Balak, `Build for me in this [place] seven altars, and make ready for me in this [place] seven bullocks and seven rams.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Numbers 23:1


23:1 Build seven altars - To the true God, otherwise he would not have mentioned it to God, as an argument why he should grant his requests, as he doth, #Nu 23:4|. And though Balak was averse from God and his worship, yet he would be easily overruled by Balaam, who doubtless told him that it was in vain to make an address to any other than the God of Israel, who alone was able either to bless or curse them as he pleased. Seven - This being the solemn and usual number in sacrifices.


Discussion for Numbers 23

  • Trudie
    One of the questions for this chapter was how many times did Balaam bless Isreal. The answer that comes up is 4, but in chapter 24, vs10 it says he blessed them these three times. Please check on this and make the necessary correction for the answer.
  • A disciple
    "How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? 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 nations." Israel wears the garments of her widowhood among the Nations, and her enemies mark her sins against the LORD; but God will save Israel before all!
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    We must keep remembering that "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?" We must keep trusting God and believing that if we stay at the centre of His will, He will do what He says He will do in our life.
  • Iola johnson
    If God is for you who can be against you .The isrealiest are blessed by God
  • Anonymous for verse 19
    Numbers 23:19 prevents an heart attack in me every time the evil one hurls his spear of the fear of death at me, for God has promised me long life and welbeing in Ephessians 6:1-3.
  • Mabodi Thanyanie Chris for verse 23
    whatever God has blessed its blessed indeed, satan and his agents can try to curse it but they won 't succeed. they will end up knowing that Jehovah is God and He is above everything.

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