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Numbers 22:22

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God Opposes Balaam

22:22 Then God’s anger was kindled 1  because he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose 2  him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

Numbers 22:32

Context
22:32 The angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? Look, I came out to oppose you because what you are doing 3  is perverse before me. 4 

1 sn God’s anger now seems to contradict the permission he gave Balaam just before this. Some commentators argue that God’s anger is a response to Balaam’s character in setting out – which the Bible does not explain. God saw in him greed and pleasure for the riches, which is why he was so willing to go.

2 tn The word is שָׂטָן (satan, “to be an adversary, to oppose”).

3 tn Heb “your way.”

4 tn The verb יָרַט (yarat) occurs only here and in Job 16:11. Balaam is embarking on a foolish mission with base motives. The old rendering “perverse” is still acceptable.



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