New International Version
I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
King James Bible
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I have received [mission] to bless; and he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
World English Bible
Behold, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't reverse it.
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, to bless I have received: Yea, He blesseth, and I can not reverse it.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
God is not a man, that he should lie - This seems to be spoken to correct the foregoing supposition of Balak that God could change his mind. Even the heathen would not allow that their supreme god could be caught in a falsity. Hence Aeschylus, in Prometh. vinct. 1068: -
Ψευδηγορειν γαρ ουκ επισταται στομα
Το Διον, αλλα παν επος τελει.
"The mouth of Jove knows not to frame a lie;
But every word finds full accomplishment."
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'... Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!'--NUM. xxiii. 10. '... Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.'--NUM. xiii. 8. Ponder these two pictures. Take the first scene. A prophet, who knows God and His will, is standing on the mountain top, and as he looks down over the valley beneath him, with its acacia-trees and swift river, there spread the tents of Israel. He sees them, and knows that they are 'a people whom the Lord hath blessed.' Brought there …
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"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.
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,
Isaac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him--and indeed he will be blessed!"
But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed."
Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"
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