Numbers 24:15

“And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee tooke vp his parable, and said, Balaam the sonne of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open, hath said:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He took up his discourse and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then he went on with his story and said, These are the words of Balaam, the son of Beor, the words of him whose eyes are open:
- Basic English Bible

And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, and the man of opened eye saith,
- Darby Bible

And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
- Webster's Bible

He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;
- World English Bible

And he taketh up his simile, and saith: `An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor -- And an affirmation of the man whose eyes [are] shut --
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he took up his parable, and said: The saying of Balaam the son of Beor, and the saying of the man whose eye is opened;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Numbers 24

  • Stephen
    Before Pentecost, the Holy Spirit would come upon men as He chose. Balaam is an example here, but remember King Saul? The Spirit came upon him and he prophesied with the sons of the prophets. However, like Balaam, he was never saved. Today, when we get saved, we received the Holy Spirit and are sealed unto the day of redemption. He is our 'Earnest'. Once saved, always saved! Praise God!
  • BSP
    King Balak really wanted Balaam to curse the people of Israel, but Jehovah God was with his people and would not let this happen.
  • A disciple
    Once saved, not always saved! And even greatest gifts and calling of God on a man, does not guarantee a lifetime of doing God's will, or entrance into the kingdom of God. Whatever Balaam had at one time, he evidently thought better to have the gifts and favor of the heathen, than the blessings of God's people. Even though he once spoke good from God for Israel, he after connived to make them sin.
  • Irene123
    Num. 14-25; God used Balaam, a wicked prophet, to prophesy of the Messiah - Jesus Christ!! God can, and does, to this day, use sinners to prophesy (witness) of Him. What I don't understand is-why was Balaam, a prophet of God, living in Moab - at the time Israel settled in Canaan ..... ???
  • Irene123
    Unicorns - 'could' have been rhinos, or an animal that is now extinct. It 'could' have been a horse with a horn. Whatever they were - or weren't - their reality or non- has nothing to do with Acts 2:37-38.
  • Sandy
    Unicorns ARE REAL! Verse 8

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