And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
Treasury of Scripture
Numbers 23:18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; listen to me, you son of Zippor:
Numbers 24:3,15,23 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said...
Job 27:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
Job 29:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
Ezekiel 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;
Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?
Micah 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled...
Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say...
Matthew 13:33,35 Another parable spoke he to them; The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal...
Mark 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him...
parable. The word mashal, which as a verb is to rule, have authority, and also to compare, as a noun signifies whatever is expressed in parabolic or figurative language. All these oracular speeches of Balaam are in hemistich metre in the original. They are highly dignified and sublime; and may be considered as immediate poetic productions of the Spirit of God.
Numbers 24:2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came on him.
Numbers 22:5 He sent messengers therefore to Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people...
Genesis 10:22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.
Genesis 28:2,7 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father...
Deuteronomy 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when you came forth out of Egypt...
Numbers 22:6,11,17 Come now therefore, I pray you, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail...
Proverbs 26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
1 Samuel 17:10,25,26,36,45 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together...
2 Samuel 21:21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.
2 Samuel 23:9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David...
ContextBalaam's First Oracle
1And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams. 2And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 3And Balaam said to Balak, Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatever he shows me I will tell you. And he went to an high place. 4And God met Balaam: and he said to him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 5And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak. 6And he returned to him, and, see, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab. 7And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. 8How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD has not defied? 9For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: see, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. 10Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his! 11And Balak said to Balaam, What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and, behold, you have blessed them altogether. 12And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD has put in my mouth?
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And he took up his parable, and said, From Aram hath Balak brought me, The king of Moab from the mountains of the East: Come, curse me Jacob, And come, defy Israel.
And taking up his parable, he said: Balac king of the Moabites hath brought me from Aram, from the mountains of the east: Come, said he, and curse Jacob: make haste and detest Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, from the mountains of the east: Come, curse me Jacob, and come, denounce Israel!
King James Bible
And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'From Aram he doth lead me -- Balak king of Moab; From mountains of the east: Come -- curse for me Jacob, And come -- be indignant with Israel.