Numbers 24:4
New International Version
the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

New Living Translation
the message of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open:

English Standard Version
the oracle of him who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down with his eyes uncovered:

Berean Study Bible
the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who bows down with eyes wide open:

King James Bible
He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

New King James Version
The utterance of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Who falls down, with eyes wide open:

New American Standard Bible
The declaration of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,

NASB 1995
The oracle of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,

NASB 1977
The oracle of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,

Amplified Bible
The oracle of one who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, but having his eyes open and uncovered,

Christian Standard Bible
the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the oracle of one who hears the sayings of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls into a trance with his eyes uncovered:

American Standard Version
He saith, who heareth the words of God, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who heard the speech of God and seeing the appearance of God said, when raising and opening his eyes.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
he says who hears the oracle of the Mighty One, who saw a vision of God in sleep; his eyes were opened:

Contemporary English Version
It comes from the LORD, the God All-Powerful. I bowed down to him and saw a vision of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The hearer of the words of God hath said, he that hath beheld the vision of the Almighty, he that falleth, and so his eyes are opened:

English Revised Version
He saith, which heareth the words of God, Which seeth the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open:

Good News Translation
Who can hear what God is saying. With staring eyes I see in a trance A vision from Almighty God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the message of the one who hears the words of God, has a vision from the Almighty, and falls [into a trance] with his eyes open:

International Standard Version
A declaration from one who hears what God has to say, who saw the vision that the Almighty revealed, who keeps stumbling with open eyes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The saying of him who heareth the words of God, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, Fallen down, yet with opened eyes:

Literal Standard Version
An affirmation of him who is hearing sayings of God, Who sees a vision of the Almighty, Falling—and eyes uncovered:

NET Bible
the oracle of the one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, although falling flat on the ground with eyes open:

New Heart English Bible
he says, who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of Shaddai, falling down, and having his eyes open:

World English Bible
he says, who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, and having his eyes open:

Young's Literal Translation
An affirmation of him who is hearing sayings of God -- Who a vision of the Almighty seeth, Falling -- and eyes uncovered:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Balaam's Third Oracle
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: 5How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!…

Cross References
Genesis 15:1
After these events, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward."

Numbers 12:6
He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, will reveal Myself to him in a vision; I will speak to him in a dream.

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 24:5
How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!

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,


Treasury of Scripture

He has said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:









(4) Falling into a trance, but having his eyes open.--Better, falling (upon his face), and having his eyes opened. The physical effect produced upon Balaam appears to have been the same as that which was produced upon Saul (1Samuel 19:24), upon Ezekiel (Num. i 28), upon Daniel (Num. viii, 17. 18). and upon St. John (Revelation 1:17). The word which is here rendered "open" (gelui) is a different word from that which is so rendered in Numbers 24:2, and is frequently used in reference to Divine communications and spiritual intuition. There may be a reference to the events which befel Balaam on his journey (Numbers 22:31).

Verse 4. - Falling into a trance. Rather, "falling down." Qui cadit, Vulgate. The case of Saul, who "fell down naked all that day" (1 Samuel 19:24), overcome by the illapse of the Spirit, affords the best comparison. Physically, it would seem to have been a kind of catalepsy, in which the senses were closed to outward things, and the eyes open but unseeing. The word for "open" in this verse is the ordinary one, not that used in verse 3.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
the prophecy
נְאֻ֕ם (nə·’um)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5002: An oracle

of one who hears
שֹׁמֵ֖עַ (šō·mê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

the words
אִמְרֵי־ (’im·rê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 561: Something said

of God,
אֵ֑ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

who
אֲשֶׁ֨ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

sees
יֶֽחֱזֶ֔ה (ye·ḥĕ·zeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2372: To gaze at, to perceive, contemplate, to have a, vision of

a vision
מַחֲזֵ֤ה (ma·ḥă·zêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4236: A vision

from the Almighty,
שַׁדַּי֙ (šad·day)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7706: The Almighty

who bows down
נֹפֵ֖ל (nō·p̄êl)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie

with eyes
עֵינָֽיִם׃ (‘ê·nā·yim)
Noun - cd
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

wide open:
וּגְל֥וּי (ū·ḡə·lui)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's 1540: To denude, to exile, to reveal


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