Numbers 24:20

“And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when he looked on Amalek, he tooke vp his parable, and sayd, Amalek was the first of the nations, but his latter end shall bee, that hee perish for euer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said, "Amalek was the first of the nations, But his end {shall be} destruction."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; But his latter end shall come to destruction.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then, turning his eyes to Amalek, he went on with his story and said, Amalek was the first of the nations, but his part will be destruction for ever.
- Basic English Bible

And he saw Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, Amalek is the first of the nations, but his latter end shall be for destruction.
- Darby Bible

And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations, but his latter end shall be that he shall perish for ever.
- Webster's Bible

He looked at Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, "Amalek was the first of the nations, But his latter end shall come to destruction."
- World English Bible

And he seeth Amalek, and taketh up his simile, and saith: `A beginning of the Goyim [is] Amalek; And his latter end -- for ever he perisheth.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said: Amalek was the first of the nations; but his end shall come to destruction.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Numbers 24:20


24:20 He looked on Amalek - From the top of Pisgah, which was exceeding high, and gave him the prospect of part of all these kingdoms. The first - Heb. the firstfruits; so called either, because they were the first of all the neighbouring nations which were embodied together in one government: or, because he was the first who fought against Israel and was vanquished by them. That victory was an earnest and first - fruit of the large harvest of victories which the Israelites should in due time get over all their enemies. He shall perish for ever - He began with God and with Israel, but God will end with him, and the firm purpose of God is, that he shall be utterly destroyed; so that Saul lost his kingdom for not executing this decree, and God's command pursuant thereunto.


Discussion for Numbers 24

  • 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
  • April
    Interesting read, and as I read I feel as though we will be tried my brethrens and sisters,we will have to believe when all around us makes it a long and frustrating journey, may we all have the wisdom and strength from the lord during the Revilation, that is soon to come, so put on your armor and read,we need all the knowledge we can get,we WILL need it, stay strong, no matter who says what,Amen.

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