Numbers 22:20

“And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Numbers 22:20

And God came vnto Balaam at night, and said vnto him, If the men come to call thee, rise vp, and goe with them: but yet the word which I shall say vnto thee, that shalt thou doe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, rise up {and} go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men are come to call thee, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak unto thee, that shalt thou do.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And that night God came to Balaam and said to him, If these men have come for you, go with them: but do only what I say to you.
- Basic English Bible

Then God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men have come to call thee, rise up, [and] go with them; but only what I shall say unto thee shalt thou do.
- Darby Bible

And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men come to call thee, rise and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say to thee, that shalt thou perform.
- Webster's Bible

God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, "If the men have come to call you, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak to you, that you shall do."
- World English Bible

And God cometh in unto Balaam, by night, and saith to him, `If to call for thee the men have come, rise, go with them, and only the thing which I speak unto thee -- it thou dost do.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him: 'If the men are come to call thee, rise up, go with them; but only the word which I speak unto thee, that shalt thou do.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Numbers 22:20

Wesley's Notes for Numbers 22:20


22:20 If the men come - On this condition he was to go.


Discussion for Numbers 22:20

  • Thoompunkal markose on Numbers 22:20
    in ch22 of book numbers verse 22 GOD permitted BILEYAM to go with people sent by BALAK. then why GOD got angry with BILEYAM pl explain.
  • Chris - in Reply on Numbers 22:20
    I agree with you, that there seems to be an inconsistency here, with God at one point (v 12) telling Balaam not to go with those men, and then in verse 20, telling him to go with them. The only way to understand this paradox is to see it from God's viewpoint. God specifically told him not to go with them; Balaam then had some doubts about God's Word & wanted to check with Him again (v 19). This was where Balaam failed the Lord: in his doubt & his desire for some fame & fortune (vv 17,18). So, God gave him over to his lusts (v 20), which Balaam was more than happy to 'oblige', but as we know he was severely reprimanded by God (the angel & his ass) to his great sin of disobedience.


 

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