Balaam

Balaam (Bay´luhm)

A non-Israelite prophet skilled in divination. Balaam appears commonly in the OT and regularly in the NT as an example of an evil artist, a prophet who would sell his skill without reference to the Word of God (Deut 23:4; Deut 23:5; Josh 13:22; Josh 24:9; Josh 24:10; Neh 13:2; Mic 6:5; 2Pet 2:15; Jude 1:11; Rev 2:14). The story in (Num 22:21-35) constitutes a narrative from this facet of the tradition. Balaam, traditionally known as a “seer of the gods,” cannot see as well as his ass. Moreover, Balaam carries the responsibility for causing Israel to sin at Baal-peor (Num 31:8; Num 31:16).

Deut 23:4

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Deut 23:5

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Josh 13:22

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Josh 24:9

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Josh 24:10

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Neh 13:2

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Mic 6:5

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2Pet 2:15

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Jude 1:11

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Rev 2:14

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Num 22:21-35

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Num 31:8

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Num 31:16

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