Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
And how can I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?

King James Version

How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

Holman Bible

How can I curse someone God has not cursed?
How can I denounce someone the Lord has not denounced?

International Standard Version

But how can I curse those whom God hasn't cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD hasn't denounced?

A Conservative Version

How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? And how shall I defy, whom LORD has not defied?

American Standard Version

How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? And how shall I defy, whom Jehovah hath not defied?

Amplified


“How shall I curse those whom God has not cursed?
Or how can I [violently] denounce those the Lord has not denounced?

Bible in Basic English

How may I put curses on him who is not cursed by God? how may I be angry with him with whom the Lord is not angry?

Darby Translation

How shall I curse whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I denounce whom Jehovah doth not denounce?

Julia Smith Translation

How shall I curse, God cursing not? And how shall I be angry, God not being angry?

King James 2000

How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? or how shall I denounce, whom the LORD has not denounced?

Lexham Expanded Bible

How can I curse [whom] God has not cursed, and how can I denounce [whom] Yahweh has not denounced?

Modern King James verseion

How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? Or how shall I defy whom Jehovah has not defied?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

How shall I curse whom God curseth not? And how shall I defy whom the LORD defieth not?

NET Bible

How can I curse one whom God has not cursed, or how can I denounce one whom the Lord has not denounced?

New Heart English Bible

How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? How shall I defy whom the LORD has not defied?

The Emphasized Bible

How can I revile one whom GOD hath not reviled? Yea, how can I rage on one on whom Yahweh hath not raged.

Webster

How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

World English Bible

How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? How shall I defy whom Yahweh has not defied?

Youngs Literal Translation

What -- do I pierce? -- God hath not pierced! And what -- am I indignant? -- Jehovah hath not been indignant!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
How
מה מ־ מ־ מה מה 
Mah 
Usage: 751

אל 
'el 
Usage: 114

hath not cursed
קבב 
Qabab 
curse, at all
Usage: 11

or how shall I defy
זעם 
Za`am 
Usage: 12

whom the Lord

Usage: 0

References

Context Readings

Balaam's First Oracle

7 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, denounce Israel. 8 How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
And how can I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?
9 For from the top of the rocks I have seen him, and from the hills I beheld him; behold, a people that shall dwell in confidence and shall not be counted among the Gentiles.



Cross References

Numbers 22:12

Then God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; neither shalt thou curse the people; for they are blessed.

Numbers 23:20

Behold, I have received blessing; and he has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

Numbers 23:23

Because there is no enchantment in Jacob, neither is there any divination in Israel. According to this time, it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What God has made!

Isaiah 44:25

that undoes the signs of the fortune tellers and makes the diviners mad; that turns the wise men backward and makes their wisdom fade away;

Isaiah 47:12-13

Stand now with thine enchantments and with the multitude of thy sorceries in which thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to better thyself, if so be thou may prevail.

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