Commentary on Numbers 31

Notes (NET Translation) 1 The LORD spoke to Moses: 2 "Exact vengeance for the Israelites on the Midianites – after that you will be gathered to your people." Moses is to now execute the command originally given by the Lord in 25:16-18 after the Midianites' seduction of Israel at Baal Peor (Num 25). The root …

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Numbers 24:20-25

Notes (NET Translation) 20 Then Balaam looked on Amalek and delivered this oracle: "Amalek was the first of the nations, but his end will be that he will perish." Both Saul and David defeated the Amalekites (1 Sam 14:48; 15:1-33; 27:8; 30:1-31; 2 Sam 8:12) and they were destroyed in the days of Hezekiah (1 …

Commentary on Numbers 24:14-19

Notes (NET Translation) 14 And now, I am about to go back to my own people. Come now, and I will advise you as to what this people will do to your people in the future." The Hebrew phrase translated "in the future" (beaharit hayyamim) is in itself ambiguous in that it can refer simply …

Commentary on Numbers 23:27-24:13

Notes (NET Translation) 23:27 Balak said to Balaam, "Come, please; I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there." 23:28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that looks toward the wilderness. The "top of Peor" is later known as the …

Commentary on Numbers 23:13-26

Notes (NET Translation) 13 Balak said to him, "Please come with me to another place from which you can observe them. You will see only a part of them, but you will not see all of them. Curse them for me from there." Balak thinks a change of place will result in a change of …

Commentary on Numbers 23:7-12

Notes (NET Translation) 7 Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying, "Balak, the king of Moab, brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, 'Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.' Aram is a region on the upper Euphrates (Deut 23:4). The mountains to the east are in …

Commentary on Numbers 22:41-23:6

Notes (NET Translation) 22:41 Then on the next morning Balak took Balaam, and brought him up to Bamoth Baal. From there he saw the extent of the nation. Bamoth Baal means "the high places of Baal". Balaam sees only a part of the nation of Israel. 23:1 Balaam said to Balak, "Build me seven altars …