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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Numbers 23

 

 

Verse 2

as = according to what.

offered = offered up. Hebrew. "alah. See App-43.


Verse 3

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. See App-4.

meet: in a neutral sense. Hebrew. kar"a.

he went. Hebrew he went solitary. Compare Numbers 24:1.


Verse 4

God. Hebrew. "Elohim. See App-4.

met: in a hostile sense. Hebrew. karah.


Verse 5

put a word. This is inspiration.

said. See note on Numbers 3:40.


Verse 6

lo. Figure of speech Asterismos (App-6).


Verse 7

curse. Hebrew. "arar. See notes on Numbers 22:6; Numbers 22:11.


Verse 8

How . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis. App-6.

curse = revile. Hebrew. nakab.

GOD = Hebrew. "El = the mighty God. See App-4.

cursed. Hebrew. kabab = to pierce with words.

defy . . . defied. Hebrew. za"am = to be enraged with.


Verse 9

not be reckoned. Therefore cannot be in the judgment of Matthew 25, or confused with "the Gentiles, or with the church of God". 1 Corinthians 10:32.


Verse 10

Who can count. ? Figure of speech Erotesis. App-6.

the number of = Who can number? Figure of speech Erotesis (App-6). So with Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint. The word "number" is thought by Ginsburg to be an abbreviation of two words = "Who can number? "

me die = my soul die. Hebrew. nephesh. See App-13.

righteous = upright. To die the death of the righteous one must have the righteousness of the righteous.

last end = latter end, i e. issue or reward.


Verse 11

curse. Hebrew. kabab. See note on Numbers 22:11.


Verse 15

burnt offering. Some codices, one early printed edition, with Samaritan Pentateuch and Syriac, read "offerings" (plural).


Verse 19

Hath He said. Figure of speech Erotesis. App-6.


Verse 20

He hath blessed. Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint read "I will bless".


Verse 21

iniquity. Hebrew. "avon, trespass. App-44.

perverseness. Hebrew. "amal. App-44.


Verse 22

strength = heights or heaps of. Hebrew. to"apoth. Only here, Numbers 24:8, Job 22:25 (plenty), and Psalms 95:4 (= heights).

unicorn. This word is from the Septuagint. The Hebrew is reem. Supposed to be the rhinoceros, buffalo, or antelope: always rendered "unicorn" in Authorized Version.


Verse 28

Jeshimon. See note on Numbers 21:20.


Verse 30

offered = offered up. Hebrew. "alah. App-43.

 


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Numbers 23:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/numbers-23.html. 1909-1922.

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