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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 22:33

Context
22:33 The donkey saw me and turned from me these three times. If 3  she had not turned from me, I would have killed you but saved her alive.”

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 tc Many commentators consider אוּלַי (’ulay, “perhaps”) to be a misspelling in the MT in place of לוּלֵי (luley, “if not”).



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