22:1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the
plains of Moab on a this side Jordan [by] Jericho.
(a) Being at Jericho, it was beyond the Jordan, but where
the Israelites were, it was on this side.
22:4 And Moab said unto the b elders of Midian, Now shall this
company lick up all [that are] round about us, as the ox
licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of
Zippor [was] king of the Moabites at that time.
(b) Who were the heads and governors.
22:5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to
Pethor, which [is] by the c river of the land of the
children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there
is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the
face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
(c) That is, Euphrates, upon which stood this city Pethor.
22:7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed
with d the rewards of divination in their hand; and they
came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.
(d) Thinking to bribe him with gifts to curse the
22:8 And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will
bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and
e the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.
(e) Whom before he called elders: meaning the governors,
and later calls them servants: that is, subjects to
22:12 And God f said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them;
thou shalt not curse the people: for they [are] blessed.
(f) He warned him by a dream, that he should not consent
to the kings wicked request.
22:13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the
princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD
refuseth to give g me leave to go with you.
(g) Or else he would have been willing, covetousness had
so blinded his heart.
22:16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak
the son of Zippor, h Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder
thee from coming unto me:
(h) The wicked seek by all means to further their naughty
enterprises, though they know that God is against
22:19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night,
that I may know what the LORD will say unto me i more.
(i) Because he tempted God to require him contrary to his
commandment, his petition was granted, but it turned
to his own condemnation.
22:22 And God's anger was kindled because he k went: and the
angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary
against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two
servants [were] with him.
(k) Moved rather with covetousness than to obey God.
22:24l But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the
vineyards, a wall [being] on this side, and a wall on that
(l) The second time.
22:28 And the LORD m opened the mouth of the ass, and she said
unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast
smitten me these three times?
(m) Gave her power to speak.
22:30 And the ass said unto Balaam, [Am] not I thine ass, upon
which thou hast ridden ever n since [I was] thine unto
this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said,
(n) Since you have been my master.
22:31 Then the LORD o opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw
the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword
drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell
flat on his face.
(o) For if the Lord does not open your eyes, you can see
neither his anger or his love.
22:32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast
thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went
out to withstand thee, because [thy] p way is perverse
(p) Both your heart is corrupt and your enterprise wicked.
22:35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the
men: but only the q word that I shall speak unto thee,
that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of
(q) Because his heart was evil, his charge was renewed,
that he should not pretend ignorance.
22:36 And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to
meet him unto a city of Moab, which [is] in the r border
of Arnon, which [is] in the utmost coast.
(r) Near the place where the Israelites camped.
22:38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have
I now any power at all to say s any thing? the word that
God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.
(s) On my own I can say nothing, I will only speak what
God reveals, whether it is good or bad.
22:41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam,
and brought him up into the high places of t Baal, that
thence he might see the utmost [part] of the people.