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Numbers 22:3-5 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

and Moab was very terrified in the presence of the people because they[a] were numerous; and Moab dreaded the presence of the Israelites.[b] And Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now the crowd will lick up all around us, like a bull devours the grass of the field.” And Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time. He sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the river,[c] in the land of the children of his people, to summon him, saying, “Look! A people went out from Egypt. Look! They cover the surface of the land;[d] they are about to dwell opposite me.


  1. Numbers 22:3 Hebrew “he” or “it”
  2. Numbers 22:3 Literally “sons/children of Israel”
  3. Numbers 22:5 That is, the Euphrates
  4. Numbers 22:5 Literally “the eye of the land”
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Numbers 22:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread because of the Israelites.

The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.

So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time, sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, who was at Pethor, near the Euphrates River, in his native land. Balak said:

“A people has come out of Egypt; they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me.

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