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Numbers 23:6-7

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23:6 So he returned to him, and he was still 1  standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab. 23:7 Then Balaam 2  uttered 3  his oracle, saying,

“Balak, the king of Moab, brought me 4  from Aram,

out of the mountains of the east, saying,

‘Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me;

come, denounce Israel.’ 5 

1 tn The Hebrew text draws the vividness of the scene with the deictic particle הִנֵּה (hinneh) – Balaam returned, and there he was, standing there.

2 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Balaam) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “took up.”

4 tn The passage calls for a past tense translation; since the verb form is a prefixed conjugation, this tense should be classified as a preterite without the vav (ו). Such forms do occur, especially in the ancient poetic passages.

5 sn The opening lines seem to be a formula for the seer to identify himself and the occasion for the oracle. The tension is laid out early; Balaam knows that God has intended to bless Israel, but he has been paid to curse them.



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