Numbers 22:5

Overview - Numbers 22
Balak's first message for Balaam is refused.
15 His second message obtains him.
22 An angel would have slain him, if he had not been saved by his ass.
36 Balak entertains him.
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Numbers 22:5  (King James Version)
He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
 


sent
Deuteronomy 23:4 ; Joshua 13:22 ; 24:9 Nehemiah 13:1 Nehemiah 13:2 ; Micah 6:5 ; 2 Peter 2:15 2 Peter 2:16

son of Bosor
Jude 1:11 ; Revelation 2:14

Pethor
Dr. Kennicott justly remarks, that "the description now given of Balaam's residence, instead of being particular, agrees with any place, in any country where there is a river; for he lived by 'Pethor, which is by the river of the land of his people.' But was Pethor, then, near the Nile in Egypt? Or in Canaan, near Jordan? Or in Mesopotamia, near the Euphrates, and belonging to the Ammonites? This last was in fact the case; and therefore, it is well that twelve Hebrew MSS. (with two of De Rossi's) confirm the Samaritan text here, in reading instead of {mmo,} 'his people,' Ammon, with the Syriac and Vulgate versions." Houbigant justly contends for this reading; and necessity urges the propriety of adopting it: and it thus agrees with Deuteronomy 23:4 . Ptolemy calls Pethor, Pachura, and Eusebius, Pathura; who places it in upper Mesopotamia. Calmet is of opinion, that it was situated towards Thapsacus, beyond the Euphrates.
23:7 Deuteronomy 23:4

they cover
Genesis 13:16 ; Exodus 1:7-10 ; Psalms 105:24

face
Hebrew eye.
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