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Numbers 24:21-22

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24:21 Then he looked on the Kenites and uttered this oracle:

“Your dwelling place seems strong,

and your nest 1  is set on a rocky cliff.

24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite will be consumed. 2 

How long will Asshur take you away captive?”

1 sn A pun is made on the name Kenite by using the word “your nest” (קִנֶּךָ, qinnekha); the location may be the rocky cliffs overlooking Petra.

2 tc Heb “Nevertheless Cain will be wasted; how long will Asshur take you captive?” Cain was believed to be the ancestor of the Kenites. The NAB has “yet destined for burning, even as I watch, are your inhabitants.” Asshur may refer to a north Arabian group of people of Abrahamic stock (Gen 25:3), and not the Assyrian empire.



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