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32 The angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? Look, I came out to oppose you because what you are doing[a] is perverse before me.[b]

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  1. Numbers 22:32 tn Heb “your way.”
  2. Numbers 22:32 tn The verb יָרַט (yarat) occurs only here and in Job 16:11. Balaam is embarking on a foolish mission with base motives. The old rendering “perverse” is still acceptable.

32 The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.[a]

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  1. Numbers 22:32 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.

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