Numbers 23:5
New International Version
The LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Go back to Balak and give him this word.”

New Living Translation
The LORD gave Balaam a message for King Balak. Then he said, “Go back to Balak and give him my message.”

English Standard Version
And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”

Berean Study Bible
Then the LORD put a message in Balaam’s mouth, saying, “Return to Balak and give him this message.”

King James Bible
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

New King James Version
Then the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and this is what you shall speak.”

NASB 1995
Then the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.”

NASB 1977
Then the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.”

Amplified Bible
Then the LORD put a speech in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD put a message in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD put a message in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak and say what I tell you.”

American Standard Version
And Jehovah put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And LORD JEHOVAH put the word in the mouth of Balaam and said to him: “Go to Balaq and thus speak.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And God put a word into the mouth of Balaam, and said, thou shalt return to Balac, and thus shalt thou speak.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD gave Balaam a message, then sent him back to tell Balak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord put the word in his mouth, and said: Return to Balac, and thus shalt thou speak.

English Revised Version
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

Good News Translation
The LORD told Balaam what to say and sent him back to Balak to give him his message.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD told Balaam, "Go back to Balak, and give him my message."

International Standard Version
Then the LORD gave Balaam this message. "Return to Balak and speak to him."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said: 'Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.'

Literal Standard Version
and YHWH puts a word in the mouth of Balaam and says, “Return to Balak, and thus you speak.”

NET Bible
Then the LORD put a message in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and speak what I tell you."

New Heart English Bible
And God put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."

World English Bible
Yahweh put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah putteth a word in the mouth of Balaam, and saith, 'Turn back unto Balak, and thus thou dost speak.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balaam's First Oracle
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.” 6So he returned to Balak, who was standing there beside his burnt offering, with all the princes of Moab.…

Cross References
Exodus 4:15
You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth. I will help both of you to speak, and I will teach you what to do.

Numbers 22:20
That night God came to Balaam and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them, but you must only do what I tell you."

Numbers 23:4
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."

Numbers 23:6
So he returned to Balak, who was standing there beside his burnt offering, with all the princes of Moab.

Deuteronomy 18:18
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.

Jeremiah 1:9
Then the LORD reached out His hand, touched my mouth, and said to me: "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.


Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.

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 22:35
And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

Deuteronomy 18:18
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.









(5) The Lord put a word in Balaam's mouth.--"God, who had opened the mouth of the ass," says Bishop Wordsworth, in loc., "in a manner contrary to her nature, now opens Balaam's mouth in a manner contrary to his own will."



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

put
וַיָּ֧שֶׂם (way·yā·śem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

a message
דָּבָ֖ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

in Balaam’s
בִלְעָ֑ם (ḇil·‘ām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1109: Balaam -- a prophet

mouth,
בְּפִ֣י (bə·p̄î)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

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

“Return
שׁ֥וּב (šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

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

Balak
בָּלָ֖ק (bā·lāq)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1111: Balak -- 'devastator', a Moabite king

and
וְכֹ֥ה (wə·ḵōh)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 3541: Like this, thus, here, now

give him this message.”
תְדַבֵּֽר׃ (ṯə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue


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