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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Ba´lak (emptier, spoiler), son of Zippor, and king of the Moabites (Numbers 22:2; Numbers 22:4), who was so terrified at the approach of the victorious army of the Israelites, who in their passage through the desert had encamped near the confines of his territory, that he applied to Balaam, who was then reputed to possess great influence with the higher spirits, to curse them. From Judges 11:25, it is clear that Balak was so certain of the fulfillment of Balaam's blessing, 'blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee' (Numbers 24:9), that he never afterwards made the least military attempt to oppose the Israelites (comp. Micah 6:5; Revelation 2:14).





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Balak'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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