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Numbers 23:22

    Numbers 23:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of an unicorn.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    God bringeth them forth out of Egypt; He hath as it were the strength of the wild-ox.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    It is God who has taken them out of Egypt; his horns are like those of the mountain ox.

    Webster's Revision

    God bringeth them forth out of Egypt; He hath as it were the strength of the wild-ox.

    World English Bible

    God brings them out of Egypt. He has as it were the strength of the wild ox.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    God bringeth them forth out of Egypt; He hath as it were the strength of the wild-ox.

    Definitions for Numbers 23:22

    Unicorn - Wild ox.

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 23:22

    The strength of a unicorn - ראם reem and ראים reim. It is generally allowed that there is no such beast in nature as the unicorn; i. e., a creature of the horse kind, with one long rich curled horn in the forehead. The creature painted from fancy is represented as one of the supporters of the royal arms of Great Britain. It is difficult to say what kind of beast is intended by the original word. The Septuagint translate the word μονοκερως, the unicorn, or one-horned animal; the Vulgate, sometimes, unicornus; and in the text rhinocerotis, by which the rhinoceros, a creature which has its name from the horn on its nose, is supposed to be meant. That no single-horned animal can be intended by the reem of Moses, is sufficiently evident from this, that Moses, speaking of Joseph, says, "he has the Horns of A unicorn," or reem, where the horns are spoken of in the plural, the animal in the singular. The creature referred to is either the rhinoceros, some varieties of which have two horns on the nose, or the wild bull, urus, or buffalo; though some think the beast intended is a species of goat; but the rhinoceros seems the most likely. There is literally a monoceros, or unicorn, with one large curled ivory horn growing horizontally out of his snout; but this is not a land animal, it is the modiodan or nurwal, a marine animal of the whale kind, a horn of which is now before me, measuring seven feet four inches; but I believe the rhinoceros is that intended by the sacred writers.

    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 23:22

    An unicorn - A wild bull, the now extinct Aurochs, formidable for its size, strength, speed, and ferocity.

    Wesley's Notes on Numbers 23:22

    23:22 Out of Egypt - Namely, by a strong hand, and in spite of all their enemies, and therefore it is in vain to seek or hope to overcome them. He - Israel, whom God brought out of Egypt, such change of numbers being very common in the Hebrew language. The sense is, Israel is not now what he was in Egypt, a poor, weak, dispirited, unarmed people, but high and strong and invincible. An unicorn - The word may mean either a rhinoceros, or a strong and fierce kind of wild goat. But such a creature as an unicorn, as commonly painted, has no existence in nature.