Numbers 23:2

2 Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

Numbers 23:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.
ESV
2 Balak did as Balaam had said. And Balak and Balaam offered on each altar a bull and a ram.
NLT
2 Balak followed his instructions, and the two of them sacrificed a young bull and a ram on each altar.
MSG
2 Balak did it. Then Balaam and Balak sacrificed a bull and a ram on each of the altars.
CSB
2 So Balak did as Balaam directed, and they offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

Numbers 23:2 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 23:2

And Balak did as Balaam had spoken
Ordered seven altars to be built, and prepared seven bullocks and rams for sacrifice:

and Balak and Balsam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram;
both seem to be concerned in offering the sacrifices; Balak, though a king, it being usual for kings to be priests also, as Melchizedek was, and Balaam as a prophet; and these sacrifices were offered to the true God, as seems clear from ( Numbers 23:4 ) and to which Balak, at the direction of Balaam, agreed, in order to gain the Lord on his side, that he might prevail over the people of Israel.

Numbers 23:2 In-Context

1 Balaam said, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me.”
2 Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
3 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here beside your offering while I go aside. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet with me. Whatever he reveals to me I will tell you.” Then he went off to a barren height.
4 God met with him, and Balaam said, “I have prepared seven altars, and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram.”
5 The LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Go back to Balak and give him this word.”

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