Parallel Verses

Youngs Literal Translation

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

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?

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 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. 8 What -- do I pierce? -- God hath not pierced! And what -- am I indignant? -- Jehovah hath not been indignant! 9 For from the top of rocks I see it, And from heights I behold it; Lo a people! alone it doth tabernacle, And among nations doth not reckon itself.



Cross References

Numbers 22:12

and God saith unto Balaam, 'Thou dost not go with them; thou dost not curse the people; for it is blessed.'

Numbers 23:20

Lo, to bless I have received: Yea, He blesseth, and I can not reverse it.

Numbers 23:23

For no enchantment is against Jacob, Nor divination against Israel, At the time it is said of Jacob and Israel, What hath God wrought!

Isaiah 44:25

Making void the tokens of devisers, And diviners it maketh mad, Turning the wise backward, And their knowledge it maketh foolish.

Isaiah 47:12-13

Stand, I pray thee, in thy charms, And in the multitude of thy sorceries, In which thou hast laboured from thy youth, It may be thou art able to profit, It may be thou dost terrify!

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