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Numbers 22:21

Balaam’s Donkey

21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials.

Read Numbers 22:21 Using Other Translations

And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
So Balaam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.
So the next morning Balaam got up, saddled his donkey, and started off with the Moabite officials.

What does Numbers 22:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 22:21

And Balaam rose up in the morning
Early, not waiting for the call of the princes, which showed how eager he was to be gone, and how intent upon the journey:

and saddled his ass;
which, if he did himself, as Jarchi suggests, this is a further proof of the haste he was in; though, as he had two servants with him, it is more likely that they did it by his order: the same is said of Abraham, ( Genesis 22:3 ) , it was usual for persons of note and figure, in those times and countries, to ride on asses, ( Judges 5:10 ) and went with the princes of Moab; in company with them, and with as good a will as they, his heart and theirs being alike, as Jarchi notes; though it seems by what follows that by some means or another they soon parted company; for when the affair of the ass happened, Balaam was alone, only attended by his two servants.

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