Numbers 24:5

5 “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel!

Numbers 24:5 in Other Translations

5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
5 How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel!
5 How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob; how lovely are your homes, O Israel!
5 What beautiful tents, Jacob, oh, your homes, Israel!
5 How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwellings, Israel.

Numbers 24:5 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 24:5

How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob
Not that the matter of which they were made was so rich, or their structure so admirable, but the order in which they were placed was so beautiful and agreeable:

and thy tabernacles, O Israel;
which is the same thing in other words, and which may be applied figuratively to the church of God, which often goes by the names of Jacob and Israel; and agrees with particular congregations and assemblies of saints, where they dwell as in tents in a movable state, like pilgrims and sojourners; and which are the dwelling places of Father, Son, and Spirit, and of the people of God with one another; and are goodly, pleasant, and delightful, because of the presence of God with them, and on account of the provisions there made for them, and the company they there enjoy; see ( Psalms 84:1 Psalms 84:4 Psalms 84:10 ) .

Numbers 24:5 In-Context

3 and he spoke his message: “The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly,
4 the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty,who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:
5 “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel!
6 “Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.
7 Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. “Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Jeremiah 4:20; Jeremiah 30:18; Malachi 2:12
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