Parallel Verses

World English Bible

He took up his parable, and said, "From Aram has Balak brought me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. Come, curse Jacob for me. Come, defy Israel.

New American Standard Bible

He took up his discourse and said,
“From Aram Balak has brought me,
Moab’s king from the mountains of the East,
Come curse Jacob for me,
And come, denounce Israel!’

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

Balaam proclaimed his poem:

Balak brought me from Aram;
the king of Moab, from the eastern mountains:
“Come, put a curse on Jacob for me;
come, denounce Israel!”

International Standard Version

Then Balaam uttered this prophetic statement: "King Balak of Moab brought me from Aram, from the eastern mountains, and told me, "Come and curse Jacob for me. Come and curse Israel.'

A Conservative Version

And he took up his parable, and said, From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, defy Israel.

American 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.

Amplified

Balaam took up his [first] discourse (oracle) and said:

“Balak, the king of Moab, has brought me from Aram (Syria),
from the mountains of the east, [saying,]
‘Come, curse [the descendants of] Jacob for me;
And come, [violently] denounce Israel.’

Bible in Basic English

And in the words which the Lord had given him he said, From Aram Balak has sent for me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East: come, put curses on Jacob for me and be angry with Israel.

Darby 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!

Julia Smith Translation

And he will take up his parable, and say, From Aram, Balak, king of Moab, will transfer me from the mountains of the east; Come curse to me Jacob and come and be angry at Israel

King James 2000

And he took up his oracle, and said, Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse for me Jacob, and come, denounce Israel.

Lexham Expanded Bible

And he lifted up his oracle and said, "From Aram Balak lead me, from the mountains of the east the king of Moab, 'Go for me, curse Jacob, and go, denounce Israel.'

Modern King James verseion

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 Jacob for me, and come, defy Israel.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And he began his parable, and said, "Balak the king of Moab hath fetched me from Mesopotamia out of the mountains of the east saying, 'Come and curse me Jacob, come and defy me Israel.'

NET Bible

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.'

New Heart English Bible

He took up his parable, and said, "From Aram has Balak brought me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. Come, curse Jacob for me. Come, defy Israel.

The Emphasized Bible

So he took up his parable and said, - From Aram, doth Balak conduct me, The king of Moab, from the mountains of the East, Come thou! curse me Jacob, Yea, come thou! rage on Israel.

Webster

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 Jacob for me, and come, defy Israel.

Youngs 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.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
And he took up
נסה נשׂא 
Nasa' 
Usage: 653

משׁל 
Mashal 
Usage: 39

and said

Usage: 0

בּלק 
Balaq 
Usage: 43

the king
מלך 
melek 
Usage: 2521

of Moab
מואב 
Mow'ab 
Usage: 181

נחה 
Nachah 
Usage: 39

me from Aram
ארם 
'Aram 
Usage: 132

out of the mountains
הרר 
Harar 
Usage: 13

of the east
קדמה קדם 
Qedem 
Usage: 87

ילך 
Yalak 
Usage: 0

ארר 
'arar 
Usage: 63

me Jacob
יעקב 
Ya`aqob 
Usage: 349

and come
ילך 
Yalak 
Usage: 0

זעם 
Za`am 
Usage: 12

Context Readings

Balaam's First Oracle

6 He returned to him, and behold, he was standing by his burnt offering, he, and all the princes of Moab. 7 He took up his parable, and said, "From Aram has Balak brought me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East. Come, curse Jacob for me. Come, defy Israel. 8 How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? How shall I defy whom Yahweh has not defied?



Cross References

Numbers 22:5-6

He sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the River, to the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, "Behold, there is a people who came out from Egypt. Behold, they cover the surface of the earth, and they are staying opposite me.

Numbers 23:18

He took up his parable, and said, "Rise up, Balak, and hear! Listen to me, you son of Zippor.

Numbers 24:3

He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;

Deuteronomy 23:4

because they didn't meet you with bread and with water in the way, when you came forth out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you.

Numbers 24:15

He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eye was closed says;

Numbers 24:23

He took up his parable, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God does this?

Job 27:1

Job again took up his parable, and said,

Job 29:1

Job again took up his parable, and said,

Psalm 78:2

I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old,

Micah 2:4

In that day they will take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, saying, 'We are utterly ruined! My people's possession is divided up. Indeed he takes it from me and assigns our fields to traitors!'"

Genesis 10:22

The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.

Genesis 28:2

Arise, go to Paddan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father. Take a wife from there from the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother.

Genesis 28:7

and that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Paddan Aram.

Numbers 22:11

Behold, the people that is come out of Egypt, it covers the surface of the earth: now, come curse me them; perhaps I shall be able to fight against them, and shall drive them out.'"

Numbers 22:17

for I will promote you to very great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do. Please come therefore, and curse this people for me.'"

Numbers 24:21

He looked at the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said, "Your dwelling place is strong. Your nest is set in the rock.

1 Samuel 17:10

The Philistine said, "I defy the armies of Israel this day! Give me a man, that we may fight together!"

1 Samuel 17:25-26

The men of Israel said, "Have you seen this man who is come up? He has surely come up to defy Israel. It shall be, that the man who kills him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel."

1 Samuel 17:36

Your servant struck both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God."

1 Samuel 17:45

Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin: but I come to you in the name of Yahweh of Armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

2 Samuel 21:21

When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David's brother, killed him.

2 Samuel 23:9

After him was Eleazar the son of Dodai the son of an Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines who were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away.

Proverbs 26:2

Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.

Ezekiel 17:2

Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;

Ezekiel 20:49

Then I said, Ah Lord Yahweh! they say of me, Isn't he a speaker of parables?

Habakkuk 2:6

Won't all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, 'Woe to him who increases that which is not his, and who enriches himself by extortion! How long?'

Matthew 13:33

He spoke another parable to them. "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, until it was all leavened."

Matthew 13:35

that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying, "I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world."

Mark 12:12

They tried to seize him, but they feared the multitude; for they perceived that he spoke the parable against them. They left him, and went away.

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