Parallel Verses

World English Bible

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

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?

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 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? 9 For from the top of the rocks I see him. From the hills I see him. Behold, it is a people that dwells alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.



Cross References

Numbers 22:12

God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people; for they are blessed."

Numbers 23:20

Behold, I have received a command to bless. He has blessed, and I can't reverse it.

Numbers 23:23

Surely there is no enchantment with Jacob; Neither is there any divination with Israel. Now it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What has God done!

Isaiah 44:25

who frustrates the signs of the liars, and makes diviners mad; who turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolish;

Isaiah 47:12-13

"Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so be you may prevail.

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