Numbers 22:12
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But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed."

King James Bible
And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

Darby Bible Translation
And God said to Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.

World English Bible
God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people; for they are blessed."

Young's Literal Translation
and God saith unto Balaam, 'Thou dost not go with them; thou dost not curse the people; for it is blessed.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people - That is, Thou shalt not go with them to curse the people. With them he might go, as we find he afterwards did by God's own command, but not to curse the people; this was wholly forbidden. Probably the command, Thou shalt not go, refers here to that time, viz., the first invitation: and in this sense it was most punctually obeyed by Balaam; see Numbers 22:13.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Balaam, Thou shalt

Numbers 22:20 And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men come to call you, rise up, and go with them...

Job 33:15-17 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumberings on the bed...

Matthew 27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, Have you nothing to do with that just man...

thou shalt not curse

Numbers 22:19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry you also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say to me more.

Numbers 23:3,13-15,19,23 And Balaam said to Balak, Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me...

Micah 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim to Gilgal...

for they

Numbers 23:20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing:

Genesis 22:16-18 And said, By myself have I sworn, said the LORD, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son...

Deuteronomy 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam; but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing to you...

Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy are you, O Israel: who is like to you, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help...

Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yes, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Romans 4:6,7 Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man, to whom God imputes righteousness without works...

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

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Balaam
He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the 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.'--NUM. xxii. 6. Give a general outline of the history. See Bishop Butler's great sermon. I. How much knowledge and love of good there may be in a bad man. Balaam was a prophet: (a) He knew something of the divine character,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Sovereignty and Human Responsibility
"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God" (Rom. 14:12). In our last chapter we considered at some length the much debated and difficult question of the human will. We have shown that the will of the natural man is neither Sovereign nor free but, instead, a servant and slave. We have argued that a right conception of the sinner's will-its servitude-is essential to a just estimate of his depravity and ruin. The utter corruption and degradation of human nature is something which
Arthur W. Pink—The Sovereignty of God

Cross References
Genesis 12:2
"I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

Genesis 22:17
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,

Numbers 22:6
Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed."

Numbers 22:11
A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.'"

Numbers 22:13
The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak's officials, "Go back to your own country, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you."

Numbers 23:8
How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?

Numbers 23:20
I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.

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