Numbers 24:21

Balaam’s Sixth Message

21 Then he saw the Kenites and spoke his message: “Your dwelling place is secure, your nest is set in a rock;

Numbers 24:21 in Other Translations

21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.
21 And he looked on the Kenite, and took up his discourse and said, "Enduring is your dwelling place, and your nest is set in the rock.
21 Then he looked over toward the Kenites and delivered this message: “Your home is secure; your nest is set in the rocks.
21 He saw the Kenites and delivered his oracle-message to them: Your home is in a nice secure place, like a nest high on the face of a cliff.
21 Next he saw the Kenites and proclaimed his poem: Your dwelling place is enduring; your nest is set in the cliffs.

Numbers 24:21 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 24:21

And he looked on the Kenites
Not the family and posterity of Jethro, as Aben Ezra, Jarchi, and Abendana; for they were not a people by themselves, but were now encamped with Israel, and went with them into the land of Canaan, and were not carried captive with the ten tribes, though some might that dwelt in Naphtali, ( Judges 9:4 Judges 9:11 Judges 9:17 ) , for they after that remained with Judah under the name of Rechabites, ( Jeremiah 35:2 ) and returned with the two tribes, being carried captive with them, ( 1 Chronicles 2:55 ) but they were a people, though of the same original and family Jethro descended from, which dwelt near, and afterwards among the Amalekites, and therefore were seen by Balaam, and taken notice of at the same time they were; see ( 1 Samuel 15:6 ) . Abarbinel takes them to be the same with those in ( Genesis 15:19 )

and took up his parable;
or prophecy concerning them, and delivered it:

and said, strong is thy dwelling place, and thou puttest thy nest in a
they dwelling in craggy rocky places, where they thought themselves secure and out of danger; and this their habitation he calls "Ken", a nest, in allusion to their name Kenites.

Numbers 24:21 In-Context

19 A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city.”
20 Then Balaam saw Amalek and spoke his message: “Amalek was first among the nations, but their end will be utter destruction.”
21 Then he saw the Kenites and spoke his message: “Your dwelling place is secure, your nest is set in a rock;
22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Ashur takes you captive.”
23 Then he spoke his message: “Alas! Who can live when God does this?

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 15:19
  • 2. Psalms 37:27; Proverbs 1:33; Isaiah 32:18; Ezekiel 34:27
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