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Numbers 22:13-16

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22:13 So Balaam got up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, “Go to your land, 1  for the Lord has refused to permit me to go 2  with you.” 22:14 So the princes of Moab departed 3  and went back to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”

Balaam Accompanies the Moabite Princes

22:15 Balak again sent princes, 4  more numerous and more distinguished than the first. 5  22:16 And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak son of Zippor: ‘Please do not let anything hinder you from coming 6  to me.

1 tc The LXX adds “to your lord.”

2 tn The main verb is the Piel perfect, “he has refused.” This is followed by two infinitives. The first (לְתִתִּי, lÿtitti) serves as a complement or direct object of the verb, answering the question of what he refused to do – “to give me.” The second infinitive (לַהֲלֹךְ, lahalokh) provides the object for the preceding infinitive: “to grant me to go.”

3 tn Heb “rose up.”

4 tn The construction is a verbal hendiadys. It uses the Hiphil preterite of the verb “to add” followed by the Qal infinitive “to send.” The infinitive becomes the main verb, and the preterite an adverb: “he added to send” means “he sent again.”

5 tn Heb “than these.”

6 tn The infinitive construct is the object of the preposition.



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