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Numbers 22:12

12 But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”

Read Numbers 22:12 Using Other Translations

And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.
God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed."
But God told Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!”

What does Numbers 22:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 22:12

And God said unto Balaam, thou shalt not go with them
Which is a denial of the first thing Balak requested, "come now, therefore" ( Numbers 22:6 )

thou shall not curse the people;
which was the principal thing desired, and in order to which he was solicited to go with the messengers; but this is absolutely forbidden:

for they are blessed;
by the Lord himself, with an irrevocable blessing, and therefore it would be vain and fruitless, as well as dangerous for him to attempt to curse them, ( Genesis 12:3 ) this may have a special respect to the blessing of Jacob by Isaac, which could not be reversed by the solicitations of Esau, and which descended to Jacob's posterity, the Israelites, ( Genesis 27:33 ) .

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