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Numbers 24:25

    Numbers 24:25 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Balaam got up and went back to his place: and Balak went away.

    Webster's Revision

    And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

    World English Bible

    Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

    Clarke's Commentary on Numbers 24:25

    And Balaam - returned to his place - Intended to have gone to Mesopotamia, his native country, (see Deuteronomy 23:4), but seems to have settled among the Midianites, where he was slain by the Israelites; see Numbers 31:8.

    Though the notes in the preceding chapters have been extended to a considerable length, yet a few additional remarks may be necessary: the reader's attention is earnestly requested to the following propositions: -

    1. It appears sufficiently evident from the preceding account that Balaam knew and worshipped the true God.

    2. That he had been a true prophet, and appears to have been in the habit of receiving oracles from God.

    3. That he practiced some illicit branches of knowledge, or was reputed by the Moabites as a sorcerer, probably because of the high reputation he had for wisdom; and we know that even in our own country, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, persons who excelled their contemporaries in wisdom were reputed as magicians.

    4. That though he was a believer in the true God, yet he was covetous; he loved the wages of unrighteousness.

    5. That it does not appear that in the case before us he wished to curse Israel when he found they were the servants of the true God.

    6. That it is possible he did not know this at first. Balak told him that there was a numerous people come out of Egypt; and as marauders, wandering hordes, freebooters, etc., were frequent in those days, he might take them at first for such spoilers, and the more readily go at Balak's request to consult God concerning them.

    7. That so conscientiously did he act in the whole business, that as soon as he found it displeased God he cheerfully offered to return; and did not advance till he had not only the permission, but the authority of God to proceed.

    8. That when he came in view of the Israelitish camp he did not attempt to make use of any means of sorcery, evocation of spirits, necromantic spells, etc., to accomplish the wish of Balak.

    9. That he did seek to find out the will of the true God, by using those means which God himself had prescribed, viz., supplication and prayer, and the sacrifice of the clean beasts.

    10. That though he knew it would greatly displease Balak, yet he most faithfully and firmly told him all that God said on every occasion.

    11. That notwithstanding his allowed covetous disposition, yet he refused all promised honors and proffered rewards, even of the most extensive kind, to induce him to act in any respect contrary to the declared will of God.

    12. That God on this occasion communicated to him some of the most extraordinary prophetic influences ever conferred on man.

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    Barnes' Notes on Numbers 24:25

    Returned to his own place - i. e., among the Midianites to plot by new means against the people of God, and to perish in his sin Numbers 31:8, Numbers 31:16; Revelation 2:14.