Numbers 23:12

12 He answered, “Must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?”

Read Numbers 23:12 Using Other Translations

And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?
And he answered and said, "Must I not take care to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?"
But Balaam replied, “I will speak only the message that the LORD puts in my mouth.”

What does Numbers 23:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 23:12

And he answered and said
By reply to Balak:

must I not take heed to speak that which the Lord hath put in my mouth?
pretending a great regard to the word of God, and to great carefulness to speak it, exactly and punctually as he received it, whereas he was forced to it, and could not do otherwise.

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