Numbers 23:4
New International Version
God met with him, and Balaam said, "I have prepared seven altars, and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram."

New Living Translation
and God met him there. Balaam said to him, “I have prepared seven altars and have sacrificed a young bull and a ram on each altar.”

English Standard Version
and God met Balaam. And Balaam said to him, “I have arranged the seven altars and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.”

Berean Study Bible
and God met with him. “I have set up seven altars,” Balaam said, “and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.”

New American Standard Bible
Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, "I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar."

New King James Version
And God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.”

King James Bible
And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

Christian Standard Bible
God met with him and Balaam said to him, "I have arranged seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar."

Contemporary English Version
When God appeared to him, Balaam said, "I have built seven altars and have sacrificed a bull and a ram on each one."

Good News Translation
and God met him. Balaam said to him, "I have built the seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God met with him and Balaam said to Him, "I have arranged seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar."

International Standard Version
where the LORD met with Balaam, who told him, "I've prepared seven altars and offered bulls and rams on an altar."

NET Bible
Then God met Balaam, who said to him, "I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram."

New Heart English Bible
And God met Balaam, and he said to him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on every altar."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God came to him, and Balaam said, "I have set up seven altars, and I offered a bull and a ram on each altar."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And God met Balaam; and he said unto Him: 'I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.'

New American Standard 1977
Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And God met Balaam; and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon each altar a bullock and a ram.

King James 2000 Bible
And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

American King James Version
And God met Balaam: and he said to him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

American Standard Version
And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Balaam went to enquire of God; and he went straight forward, and God appeared to Balaam; and Balaam said to him, I have prepared the seven altars, and have offered a calf and a ram on every altar.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he was gone with speed, God met him. And Balaam speaking to him, said: I have erected seven altars, and have laid on everyone a calf and a ram.

Darby Bible Translation
And God met Balaam; and [Balaam] said to him, I have disposed seven altars, and have offered up a bullock and a ram upon [each] altar.

English Revised Version
And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God met Balaam: and he said to him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

World English Bible
God met Balaam: and he said to him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on every altar."

Young's Literal Translation
And God cometh unto Balaam, and he saith unto Him, 'The seven altars I have arranged, and I offer a bullock and a ram on the altar;'
Study Bible
Balaam's First Oracle
3“Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone,” Balaam said to Balak. “Perhaps the LORD will meet with me. And whatever He reveals to me, I will tell you.” So Balaam went off to a barren height, 4and God met with him. “I have set up seven altars,” Balaam said, “and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.” 5Then the LORD put a message in Balaam’s mouth, saying, “Return to Balak and give him this message.”…
Cross References
Numbers 23:3
"Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone," Balaam said to Balak. "Perhaps the LORD will meet with me. And whatever He reveals to me, I will tell you." So Balaam went off to a barren height,

Numbers 23:5
Then the LORD put a message in Balaam's mouth, saying, "Return to Balak and give him this message."

Treasury of Scripture

And God met Balaam: and he said to him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

God

Numbers 23:16
And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

Numbers 22:9,20
And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? …

I have prepared

Numbers 23:1
And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

Isaiah 58:3,4
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours…

Matthew 20:12
Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.







Lexicon
and God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

met
וַיִּקָּ֥ר (way·yiq·qār)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7136: To light upon, to bring about, to impose timbers

with
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

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

“I have set up
עָרַ֔כְתִּי (‘ā·raḵ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6186: To set in a, row, arrange, put in order

seven
שִׁבְעַ֤ת (šiḇ·‘aṯ)
Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

altars,”
הַֽמִּזְבְּחֹת֙ (ham·miz·bə·ḥōṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar

Balaam said,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“and on each altar
בַּמִּזְבֵּֽחַ׃ (bam·miz·bê·aḥ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar

I have offered
וָאַ֛עַל (wā·’a·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

a bull
פָּ֥ר (pār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6499: Young bull, steer

and a ram.”
וָאַ֖יִל (wā·’a·yil)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 352: Strength, strong, a chief, a ram, a pilaster, an oak, strong tree
Verse 4. - I have prepared seven altars. Balaam, acting for the king of Moab, his heathen patron, in this difficult business, points out to God that he had given him the full quota of sacrifices to begin with. It was implied in this reminder that God would naturally feel disposed to do something for Balaam in return. 23:1-10 With the camps of Israel full in view, Balaam ordered seven altars to be built, and a bullock and a ram to be offered on each. Oh the sottishness of superstition, to imagine that God will be at man's beck! The curse is turned into a blessing, by the overruling power of God, in love to Israel. God designed to serve his own glory by Balaam, and therefore met him. If God put a word into the mouth of Balaam, who would have defied God and Israel, surely he will not be wanting to those who desire to glorify God, and to edify his people; it shall be given what they should speak. He who opened the mouth of the ass, caused the mouth of this wicked man to speak words as contrary to the desire of his heart, as those of the ass were to the powers of the brute. The miracle was as great in the one case as in the other. Balaam pronounces Israel safe. He owns he could do no more than God suffered him to do. He pronounces them happy in their distinction from the rest of the nations. Happy in their numbers, which made them both honourable and formidable. Happy in their last end. Death is the end of all men; even the righteous must die, and it is good for us to think of this with regard to ourselves, as Balaam does here, speaking of his own death. He pronounces the righteous truly blessed, not only while they live, but when they die; which makes their death even more desirable than life itself. But there are many who desire to die the death of the righteous, but do not endeavour to live the life of the righteous; gladly would they have an end like theirs, but not a way like theirs. They would be saints in heaven, but not saints on earth. This saying of Balaam's is only a wish, not a prayer; it is a vain wish, being only a wish for the end, without any care for the means. Many seek to quiet their consciences with the promise of future amendment, or take up with some false hope, while they neglect the only way of salvation, by which a sinner can be righteous before God.
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