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So Moab was terrified because of the people, for they were numerous. Moab was overcome with fear because of the sons of Israel. Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this horde will lick up all that is around us, just as the ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was the king of Moab at that time. So he sent messengers to [a]Balaam [a famous prophet-diviner] the son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the [Euphrates] River, in the land of the descendants of his people, to call for him, saying, “There is a people who have come out of Egypt; behold, they cover the surface of the land, and they are living opposite me.

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 22:5 Balaam had some awareness and knowledge regarding the true God, but he abused the office of prophet.

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

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

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

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

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