Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

And he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said,
“Amalek was the first of the nations,
But his end shall be destruction.”

King James Version

And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.

Holman Bible

Then Balaam saw Amalek and proclaimed his poem:

Amalek was first among the nations,
but his future is destruction.

International Standard Version

Next, Balaam looked directly at Amalek and then uttered this prophetic statement: "Even though Amalek is an international leader, his future is permanent destruction."

A Conservative Version

And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations, but his latter end shall come to destruction.

American Standard Version

And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; But his latter end shall come to destruction.

Amplified

Balaam looked at Amalek and took up his [fifth] discourse (oracle) and said:

“Amalek was the first of the [neighboring] nations [to oppose the Israelites after they left Egypt],
But his end shall be destruction.”

Bible in Basic English

Then, turning his eyes to Amalek, he went on with his story and said, Amalek was the first of the nations, but his part will be destruction for ever.

Darby Translation

And he saw Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, Amalek is the first of the nations, but his latter end shall be for destruction.

Julia Smith Translation

And he will see Amalek, and he will take up his parable, and say, Amalek the beginning of the nations, and his latter state he perished forever.

King James 2000

And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his oracle, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish forever.

Lexham Expanded Bible

And he looked [at] Amalek, {uttered} his oracle, and said, "Amalek [is] first of [the] nations, but his future [will be] forever ruin."

Modern King James verseion

And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable and said, Amalek was the first of the nations. But his latter end is to destruction.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And he looked on Amalek and began his parable, and said, "Amalek is the first of the nations, but his latter end shall perish utterly."

NET Bible

Then Balaam looked on Amalek and delivered this oracle: "Amalek was the first of the nations, but his end will be that he will perish."

New Heart English Bible

He looked at Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, "Amalek was the first of the nations, But his latter end shall come to destruction."

The Emphasized Bible

And, when he saw Amalek, he took up, his parable, and said - The beginning of nations, - Amalek, But his latter end is even to perish.

Webster

And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations, but his latter end shall be that he shall perish for ever.

World English Bible

He looked at Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, "Amalek was the first of the nations, But his latter end shall come to destruction."

Youngs Literal Translation

And he seeth Amalek, and taketh up his simile, and saith: 'A beginning of the Goyim is Amalek; And his latter end -- for ever he perisheth.'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ראה 
Ra'ah 
Usage: 1308

on Amalek
עמלק 
`Amaleq 
Usage: 35

he took up
נסה נשׂא 
Nasa' 
Usage: 653

משׁל 
Mashal 
Usage: 39

and said

Usage: 0

עמלק 
`Amaleq 
Usage: 35

was the first
ראשׁית 
Re'shiyth 
Usage: 51

of the nations
גּי גּוי 
Gowy 
Usage: 558

but his latter
אחרית 
'achariyth 
Usage: 61

H8
אבד 
'obed 
Usage: 2

Context Readings

Balaam Continues To Utter Oracles

19 “One from Jacob shall have dominion,
And will destroy the remnant from the city.”
20 And he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said,
“Amalek was the first of the nations,
But his end shall be destruction.”
21 And he looked at the Kenite, and took up his discourse and said,
“Your dwelling place is enduring,
And your nest is set in the cliff.



Cross References

Exodus 17:14

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”

Exodus 17:8

Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim.

Exodus 17:16

and he said, “The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.”

Judges 6:3

For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them.

1 Samuel 14:48

He acted valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, and delivered Israel from the hands of those who plundered them.

1 Samuel 15:3-8

Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”

1 Samuel 27:8-9

Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites; for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur even as far as the land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 30:1

Then it happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire;

1 Samuel 30:17

David slaughtered them from the twilight until the evening of the next day; and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled.

1 Chronicles 4:43

They destroyed the remnant of the Amalekites who escaped, and have lived there to this day.

Esther 3:1

After these events King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and established his authority over all the princes who were with him.

Esther 7:9-10

Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs who were before the king said, “Behold indeed, the gallows standing at Haman’s house fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai who spoke good on behalf of the king!” And the king said, “Hang him on it.”

Esther 9:14

So the king commanded that it should be done so; and an edict was issued in Susa, and Haman’s ten sons were hanged.

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