Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Numbers 23:25

Context
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Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all 1  nor bless them at all!” 2 

XREF

Ps 2:1-3

NET © Notes

tn The verb is preceded by the infinitive absolute: “you shall by no means curse” or “do not curse them at all.” He brought him to curse, and when he tried to curse there was a blessing. Balak can only say it would be better not to bother.

tn The same construction now works with “nor bless them at all.” The two together form a merism – “don’t say anything.” He does not want them blessed, so Balaam is not to do that, but the curse isn’t working either.



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