Balaam (Bay´luhm)

A non-Israelite prophet skilled in divination. Balaam appears commonly in the OT and regularly in the NT as an example of an evil artist, a prophet who would sell his skill without reference to the Word of God (Deut 23:4; Deut 23:5; Josh 13:22; Josh 24:9; Josh 24:10; Neh 13:2; Mic 6:5; 2Pet 2:15; Jude 1:11; Rev 2:14). The story in (Num 22:21-35) constitutes a narrative from this facet of the tradition. Balaam, traditionally known as a “seer of the gods,” cannot see as well as his ass. Moreover, Balaam carries the responsibility for causing Israel to sin at Baal-peor (Num 31:8; Num 31:16).

Deut 23:4

4because they did not meet you with food and water on your journey out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam son of Beor, from Pethor of Mesopotam ... View more

Deut 23:5

5(Yet the Lord your God refused to heed Balaam; the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loved you.)

Josh 13:22

22Along with the rest of those they put to death, the Israelites also put to the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination.

Josh 24:9

9Then King Balak son of Zippor of Moab, set out to fight against Israel. He sent and invited Balaam son of Beor to curse you,

Josh 24:10

10but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you; so I rescued you out of his hand.

Neh 13:2

2because they did not meet the Israelites with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them—yet our God turned the curse into a blessing.

Mic 6:5

5O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know th ... View more

2Pet 2:15

15They have left the straight road and have gone astray, following the road of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of doing wrong,

Jude 1:11

11Woe to them! For they go the way of Cain, and abandon themselves to Balaam's error for the sake of gain, and perish in Korah's rebellion.

Rev 2:14

14But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Is ... View more

Num 22:21-35

21So Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the officials of Moab.Balaam, the Donkey, and the Angel
22God's anger was kindled because h ... View more

Num 31:8

8They killed the kings of Midian: Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian, in addition to others who were slain by them; and they also killed B ... View more

Num 31:16

16These women here, on Balaam's advice, made the Israelites act treacherously against the Lord in the affair of Peor, so that the plague came among the congrega ... View more

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