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

New Living Translation
Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!

English Standard Version
Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.

Berean Study Bible
I have indeed 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.

New King James Version
Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

New American Standard Bible
“Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, I cannot revoke it.

NASB 1995
“Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.

NASB 1977
“Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.

Amplified Bible
“Behold, I have received His command to bless [Israel]. He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

Christian Standard Bible
I have indeed received a command to bless; since he has blessed, I cannot change it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have indeed received a command to bless; since He has blessed, I cannot change it.

American Standard Version
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: And he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold I have been led to bless and I will not return the blessing.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: I will bless, and not turn back.

Contemporary English Version
"My command from God was to bless these people, and there's nothing I can do to change what he has done.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I was brought to bless, the blessing I am not able to hinder.

English Revised Version
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: And he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

Good News Translation
I have been instructed to bless, And when God blesses, I cannot call it back.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't change it.

International Standard Version
Look! I've received a blessing, and so I will bless. I won't withdraw it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I am bidden to bless; And when He hath blessed, I cannot call it back.

Literal Standard Version
Behold, I have received [only] to bless; Indeed, He blesses, and I cannot reverse it.

NET Bible
Indeed, I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

New Heart English Bible
Look, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balaam's Second Oracle
19God is not a man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? 20I have indeed received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot change it. 21He considers no disaster for Jacob; He sees no trouble for Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of the King is among them.…

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

Genesis 22:17
I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

Genesis 27:33
Isaac began to tremble violently and said, "Who was it, then, who hunted the game and brought it to me? Before you came in, I ate it all and blessed him--and indeed, he will be blessed!"

Numbers 22:12
But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You are not to curse this people, for they are blessed."

Isaiah 43:13
Even from eternity I am He, and none can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"


Treasury of Scripture

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

he hath

Numbers 22:12
And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

Genesis 12:2
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Genesis 22:17
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

I cannot

Numbers 22:18,38
And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more…

John 10:27-29
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: …

Romans 8:38,39
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, …









Verse 20. - I have received commandment to bless. The word "commandment "is not wanted here. Balaam had received, not instructions, but an inward revelation of the Divine will which he could not contravene.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I have indeed
הִנֵּ֥ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

received
לָקָ֑חְתִּי (lā·qā·ḥə·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3947: To take

a command to bless;
בָרֵ֖ךְ (ḇā·rêḵ)
Verb - Piel - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

He has blessed,
וּבֵרֵ֖ךְ (ū·ḇê·rêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

and I cannot
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

change it.
אֲשִׁיבֶֽנָּה׃ (’ă·šî·ḇen·nāh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again


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