Numbers 24:3
New International Version
and he spoke his message: "The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,

New Living Translation
and this is the message he delivered: “This is the message of Balaam son of Beor, the message of the man whose eyes see clearly,

English Standard Version
and he took up his discourse and said, “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,

Berean Study Bible
and he lifted up an oracle, saying: “This is the prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of a man whose eyes are open,

New American Standard Bible
He took up his discourse and said, "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;

New King James Version
Then he took up his oracle and said: “The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor, The utterance of the man whose eyes are opened,

King James Bible
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

Christian Standard Bible
and he proclaimed his poem: The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened,

Contemporary English Version
and Balaam said: "I am the son of Beor, and my words are true, so listen to my message!

Good News Translation
and he uttered this prophecy: "The message of Balaam son of Beor, The words of the man who can see clearly,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he proclaimed his poem: The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eyes are opened,

International Standard Version
Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "A declaration by Beor's son Balaam, a declaration by the strong, blind man.

NET Bible
Then he uttered this oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor; the oracle of the man whose eyes are open;

New Heart English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and he delivered this message: "This is the message of Balaam, son of Beor. This is the message of the man whose eyesight is clear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he took up his parable, and said: The saying of Balaam the son of Beor, And the saying of the man whose eye is opened;

New American Standard 1977
And he took up his discourse and said, “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he took up his parable and said, Balaam, the son of Beor, has said and the man whose eyes are open has said,

King James 2000 Bible
And he took up his oracle, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said:

American King James Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said:

American Standard Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he took up his parable and said, Balaam son of Beor says, the man who sees truly says,

Douay-Rheims Bible
He took up his parable and said: Balaam the son of Beor hath said: The man hath said, whose eye ire stopped up:

Darby Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, and the man of opened eye saith,

English Revised Version
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

World English Bible
He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;

Young's Literal Translation
and he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor -- And an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut --
Study Bible
Balaam's Third Oracle
2When Balaam looked up and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him, 3and he lifted up an oracle, saying: “This is the prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of a man whose eyes are open, 4the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open:…
Cross References
Numbers 24:15
Then Balaam lifted up an oracle, saying, "This is the prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of a man whose eyes are open,

Numbers 24:16
the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open:

Job 29:1
Again, Job continued his discourse and said:

Treasury of Scripture

And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said:

saw

Numbers 12:6
And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

Genesis 15:12
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

Psalm 89:19
Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

falling

Numbers 22:31
Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

1 Samuel 19:24
And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?

Ezekiel 1:28
As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.







Lexicon
and he lifted up
וַיִּשָּׂ֥א (way·yiś·śā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

an oracle,
מְשָׁל֖וֹ (mə·šā·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4912: A pithy maxim, a simile

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

“[This is] the prophecy
נְאֻ֤ם (nə·’um)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

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

son
בְּנ֣וֹ (bə·nōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of Beor,
בְעֹ֔ר (ḇə·‘ōr)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1160: Beor -- 'a burning', father of an Edomite king, also the father of Balaam

the prophecy
וּנְאֻ֥ם (ū·nə·’um)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

of a man
הַגֶּ֖בֶר (hag·ge·ḇer)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1397: A valiant man, warrior, a person simply

whose eyes
הָעָֽיִן׃ (hā·‘ā·yin)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

are open,
שְׁתֻ֥ם (šə·ṯum)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8365: Probably to stop up
(3) Balaam the son of Beor hath said.--The Hebrew word (neum) is imperfectly rendered by hath said. It is the word which is commonly used in the prophetical books of Scripture to denote a Divine saying, and is rarely used when a human author is named. It occurs in the Pentateuch only in Genesis 22:16, Numbers 14:28, and in this chapter, where it is found in Numbers 24:3-4; Numbers 24:15-16.

The man whose eyes are open.--There is great diversity of opinion respecting the meaning of the word which is here rendered open, and which, as it is here written, occurs in no other place. If shatham is identified with satham, it means to close, not to open. The meaning, however, of this verse is sufficiently explained by that which follows, whichever rendering of the word shethum is adopted. Balaam appears to have been thrown into an ecstatic state, as was Saul, and as were many of the ancient prophets; and whilst the eye of the outer senses was closed, the eye of the inner senses was preternaturally opened.

Verse 3. - Balaam... hath said. Rather, "the utterance of Balaam." נְאֻם is constantly used, as in Numbers 14:28, for a Divine utterance, effatum Dei, but it does not by itself, apart from the context, claim a superhuman origin. The man whose eyes are open. הַגֶּבֶר שְׁתֻם הָעָיִן. The authorities are divided between the rendering in the text and the opposite rendering given in the margin. סָתַם is used in Daniel 8:26, and שָׂתָם in Lamentations 3:8, in the sense of "shut;" but, on the other hand, a passage in the Mishnah distinctly uses שׁתם and סתם in opposite senses. The Vulgate, on the one hand, has obturatus; the Septuagint, on the other, has ὁ ἀληθινῶς ὁρῶν, and this is the sense given by the Targums. Strange to say, it makes no real difference whether we read "open" or "shut," because in any case it was the inward vision that was quickened, while the outward senses were closed. 24:1-9 Now Balaam spake not his own sense, but the language of the Spirit that came upon him. Many have their eyes open who have not their hearts open; are enlightened, but not sanctified. That knowledge which puffs men up with pride, will but serve to light them to hell, whither many go with their eyes open. The blessing is nearly the same as those given before. He admires in Israel, their beauty. The righteous, doubtless, is more excellent than his neighbour. Their fruitfulness and increase. Their honour and advancement. Their power and victory. He looks back upon what had been done for them. Their power and victory. He looks back upon what had been done for them. Their courage and security. The righteous are bold as a lion, not when assaulting others, but when at rest, because God maketh them to dwell in safety. Their influence upon their neighbours. God takes what is done to them, whether good or evil, as done to himself.
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