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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Numbers Chapter 22

Numbers 22:5

num 22:5


Balaam is the typical hireling prophet, seeking only to make a market of his gift. This is "the way of Balaam" (Pe2 2:15) and characterizes false teachers. The "error" of Balaam" (Jde 1:11) was that he could see only the natural morality -- a holy God, he reasoned, must curse such a people as Israel. Like all false teachers he was ignorant of the higher morality of vicarious atonement, by which God could be just and yet the justifier of believing sinners (Rom 3:26). The "doctrine of Balaam" (Rev 2:14) refers to his teaching Balak to corrupt the people whom he could not curse; (Num 31:16); (Num 25:1-3); (Jam 4:4). Spiritually, Balaamism in teaching never rises above natural reasonings; in practice, it is easy world-conformity.

(See Scofield) - (Rev 2:14).

Numbers 22:12

num 22:12

not go

Compare (Num 22:12).

(See Scofield) - (Gen 46:3).

Numbers 22:22

num 22:22


(See Scofield) - (Gen 46:3).

In (Num 22:12) the directive will of Jehovah is made known to Balaam, in (Num 22:20) Jehovah's permissive will. The prophet is now free to go, but knows the true mind of the Lord about it. The matter is wholly one between Jehovah and His servant. The permission of (Num 22:20) really constitutes a testing of Balaam. He chose the path of self-will and self-advantage, and Jehovah could not but gravely disapprove. The whole scene, (Num 22:22-35) prepared Balaam for what was to follow.


(See Scofield) - (Heb 1:4)

Numbers 22:34

num 22:34


(See Scofield) - (Heb 1:4)

Numbers 22:41

num 22:41


"Utmost part," etc, means the end of the encampment, the "fourth part of Israel" (Num 23:10). Balak's thought, as Grant (following Keil) points out, was not at all to permit Balaam to see the whole of the Hebrew host. In bringing Balaam to Pisgah (Num 22:13); (Num 22:14). Balak corrects what, evidently, he thought a blunder. (Num 23:13); (Num 23:14). But when the hireling sees the whole camp he must utter a grander word than before, "He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob," and that with the nation in full view! What an illustration of the truth of (Rom 4:5-8).

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