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Numbers 24:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, And the man whose eye was closed saith;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He took up his discourse and said, “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor saith, and the man of opened eye saith,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— and he took up his parable, and said,—The oracle of Balaam, son of Beor, Yea the oracle of the man, of opened eye;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor—And an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut—
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He took up his parable and said: Balaam the son of Beor hath said: The man hath said, whose eye is stopped up:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And he tooke vp his parable, and said, Balaam the sonne of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And he took up his parable and said, Balaam son of Beor says, the man who sees truly says,
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And he took up his parable, and said, Bilam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And he took up 5375
{5375} Prime
נָשָׂא
nasa'
{naw-saw'}
A primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, absolutely and relatively.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
his parable, 4912
{4912} Prime
מָשָׁל
mashal
{maw-shawl'}
Apparently from H4910 in some original sense of superiority in mental action; properly a pithy maxim, usually of a metaphorical nature; hence a simile (as an adage, poem, discourse).
and said, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Bil`m בִּלעָם 1109
{1109} Prime
בִּלְעָם
Bil`am
{bil-awm'}
Probably from H1077 and H5971; not (of the) people, that is, foreigner; Bilam, a Mesopotamian prophet; also a place in Palestine.
the son 1121
{1121} Prime
בֵּן
ben
{bane}
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
of B`r בְּעוֹר 1160
{1160} Prime
בְּעוֹר
B@`owr
{beh-ore'}
From H1197 (in the sense of burning); a lamp; Beor, the name of the father of an Edomitish king; also of that of Balaam.
hath said, 5002
{5002} Prime
נְאֻם
n@'um
{neh-oom'}
From H5001; an oracle.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
and the man 1397
{1397} Prime
גֶּבֶר
geber
{gheh'-ber}
From H1396; properly a valiant man or warrior; generally a person simply.
whose eyes 5869
{5869} Prime
עַיִן
`ayin
{ah'-yin}
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
are open 8365
{8365} Prime
שָׁתַם
shatham
{shaw-tham'}
A primitive root; to unveil (figuratively).
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
hath said: 5002
{5002} Prime
נְאֻם
n@'um
{neh-oom'}
From H5001; an oracle.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Numbers 24:3

_ _ the man whose eyes are open — that is, a seer (1 Samuel 9:9), a prophet, to whom the visioned future was disclosed — sometimes when falling into a sleep (Genesis 15:12-15), frequently into “a trance.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Numbers 24:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Numbers 24:3

Whose eyes are open — Heb. Who had his eyes shut, but now open. The eyes of his mind, which God had opened in a peculiar and prophetical manner, whence prophets are called Seers, 1 Samuel 9:9. It implies that before he was blind and stupid, having eyes, but not seeing nor understanding.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Numbers 24:3

And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes (b) are open hath said:

(b) His eyes were shut up before in respect to the clear visions which he saw after.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
he took up:

Numbers 23:7 And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, [saying], Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.
Numbers 23:18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:

whose eyes are open hath said:
Heb. who had his eyes shut, but now opened,
Numbers 24:4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open:
Numbers 24:16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, [which] saw the vision of the Almighty, falling [into a trance], but having his eyes open:
Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
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