Numbers 23:26
New International Version
Balaam answered, “Did I not tell you I must do whatever the LORD says?”

New Living Translation
But Balaam replied to Balak, “Didn’t I tell you that I can do only what the LORD tells me?”

English Standard Version
But Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘All that the LORD says, that I must do’?”

Berean Study Bible
But Balaam replied, “Did I not tell you that whatever the LORD says, I must do?”

King James Bible
But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?

New King James Version
So Balaam answered and said to Balak, “Did I not tell you, saying, ‘All that the LORD speaks, that I must do’?”

New American Standard Bible
But Balaam replied to Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘Whatever the LORD speaks, I must do’?”

NASB 1995
But Balaam replied to Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘Whatever the LORD speaks, that I must do ‘?”

NASB 1977
But Balaam answered and said to Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘Whatever the LORD speaks, that I must do’?”

Amplified Bible
But Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not say to you, ‘All that the LORD speaks, that I must do?’”

Christian Standard Bible
But Balaam answered him, “Didn’t I tell you: Whatever the LORD says, I must do? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Balaam answered him, “Didn’t I tell you: Whatever the LORD says, I must do?”

American Standard Version
But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that Jehovah speaketh, that I must do?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Balaam answered and said to Balaq, “Have I not said to you that everything that LORD JEHOVAH says to me is what I do?”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Balaam answered and said to Balac, Spoke I not to thee, saying, Whatsoever thing God shall speak to me, that will I do?

Contemporary English Version
"I've already told you," Balaam answered. "I will say only what the LORD tells me."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: Did I not tell thee, that whatsoever God should command me, that I would do?

English Revised Version
But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?

Good News Translation
Balaam answered, "Didn't I tell you that I had to do everything that the LORD told me?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Balaam answered, "Didn't I tell you that I must do whatever the LORD says?"

International Standard Version
"Didn't I tell you," Balaam responded to Balak, "that I'll say whatever the LORD tells me to say?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
But Balaam answered and said unto Balak: 'Told not I thee, saying: All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?'

Literal Standard Version
and Balaam answers and says to Balak, “Have I not spoken to you, saying, All that YHWH speaks—I do it?”

NET Bible
But Balaam replied to Balak, "Did I not tell you, 'All that the LORD speaks, I must do'?"

New Heart English Bible
But Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell you, saying, 'All that God speaks, that I must do?'"

World English Bible
But Balaam answered Balak, "Didn't I tell you, saying, 'All that Yahweh speaks, that I must do?'"

Young's Literal Translation
and Balaam answereth and saith unto Balak, 'Have I not spoken unto thee, saying, All that Jehovah speaketh -- it I do?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balaam's Second Oracle
25Now Balak said to Balaam, “Then neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!” 26But Balaam replied, “Did I not tell you that whatever the LORD says, I must do?” 27“Please come,” said Balak, “I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God that you curse them for me from there.”…

Cross References
Numbers 22:18
But Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, "If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything small or great to go beyond the command of the LORD my God.

Numbers 23:25
Now Balak said to Balaam, "Then neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!"

Numbers 23:27
"Please come," said Balak, "I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God that you curse them for me from there."


Treasury of Scripture

But Balaam answered and said to Balak, Told not I you, saying, All that the LORD speaks, that I must do?

Numbers 23:12,13
And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth? …

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…

Numbers 24:12,13
And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, …











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But Balaam
בִּלְעָ֔ם (bil·‘ām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1109: Balaam -- a prophet

replied,
וַיַּ֣עַן (way·ya·‘an)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond

“Did I not
הֲלֹ֗א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

tell you that
דִּבַּ֤רְתִּי (dib·bar·tî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

whatever
כֹּ֛ל (kōl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the LORD
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

says,
יְדַבֵּ֥ר (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

I must do?”
אֶֽעֱשֶֽׂה׃ (’e·‘ĕ·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make


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