Numbers 24:23
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New International Version
Then he spoke his message: "Alas! Who can live when God does this?

King James Bible
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!

Darby Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Alas! Who shall live when God doeth this?

World English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God does this?

Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Alas! who doth live when God doth this?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Who shall live when God doeth this! - There are two senses in which these words may be taken: -

1. That the event is so distant that none then alive could possibly live to see it.

2. That the times would be so distressing and desolating that scarcely any should be able to escape.

The words are very similar to those of our Lord, and probably are to be taken in the same sense: "Wo to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Genesis 10:4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.

Isaiah 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, you ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in...

Daniel 7:19,20 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron...

Daniel 8:5-8,21 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground...

Daniel 10:20 Then said he, Know you why I come to you? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, see...

Daniel 11:30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return...

and shall afflict Eber

Genesis 10:21-25 To Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born...

Genesis 14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelled in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol...

Daniel 9:26,27 And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself...

Matthew 24:15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads...

Luke 20:24 Show me a penny. Whose image and superscription has it? They answered and said, Caesar's.

Luke 23:29-31 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore...

John 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

and he also

Daniel 2:35,45 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together...

Daniel 7:23-26 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms...

Daniel 11:45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end...

Revelation 18:2-24 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils...

While Antony was Thus Speaking all Rejoiced; in Some the Love of virtue Increased...
44. While Antony was thus speaking all rejoiced; in some the love of virtue increased, in others carelessness was thrown aside, the self-conceit of others was stopped; and all were persuaded to despise the assaults of the Evil One, and marvelled at the grace given to Antony from the Lord for the discerning of spirits. So their cells were in the mountains, like filled with holy bands of men who sang psalms, loved reading, fasted, prayed, rejoiced in the hope of things to come, laboured in alms-giving,
Athanasius—Select Works and Letters or Athanasius

The Jewish Dispersion in the West - the Hellenists - Origin of Hellenist Literature in the Greek Translation of the Bible - Character of the Septuagint.
When we turn from the Jewish dispersion' in the East to that in the West, we seem to breathe quite a different atmosphere. Despite their intense nationalism, all unconsciously to themselves, their mental characteristics and tendencies were in the opposite direction from those of their brethren. With those of the East rested the future of Judaism; with them of the West, in a sense, that of the world. The one represented old Israel, stretching forth its hands to where the dawn of a new day was about
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Numbers 24:22
yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Ashur takes you captive."

Numbers 24:24
Ships will come from the shores of Cyprus; they will subdue Ashur and Eber, but they too will come to ruin."

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