Comparison of Pentateuch:
Jewish Publication Society 1917
Targums Onkelos,
Jonathan Ben Uzziel/Palestinian,
Jerusalem Fragments

 

Numbers
Chapter 24

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Numbers 23 JPS TOC Comparison TOC Targums TOC Numbers 25
Numbers 24:1
JPS 24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at the other times, to meet with enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
ONK 24:1 And Bileam saw that it was appointed before the Lord to bless Israel; and he went not as at those former times to inquire by divinations, but set his face towards the calf that the sons of Israel had made in the wilderness.
PAL 24:1 And Bileam, seeing that it was good before the Lord to bless Israel, went not, as once and again before, in quest of divinations, but set his face toward the wilderness, to recall to memory the work of the calf which they had there committed.
JER 24:1 And Bileam saw that it was pleasing before the Lord to bless Israel, so that he went not, as he had gone from time to time, to seek for divinations, or to provide enchantments; but went and set his face toward the wilderness to recall to memory their work of the calf,
 
Numbers 24:2
JPS 24:2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling tribe by tribe; and the spirit of God came upon him.
ONK 24:2 And Bileam lifted up his eyes, and beheld Israel dwelling by his tribes; and the Spirit of prophecy rested upon him from before the Lord.
PAL 24:2 And Bileam lifted up his eyes, but beheld Israel dwelling together by their tribes in their schools, and (saw) that their doors were arranged so as not to overlook the doors of their companions: and the Spirit of prophecy from before the Lord rested upon him.
JER 24:2 (still) being desirous to curse Israel.
 
Numbers 24:3
JPS 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said:
The saying of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the saying of the man whose eye is opened;
ONK 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said:
Bileam, the son of Beor, hath said,
The man who saw the Beautiful(48) hath said,
PAL 24:3 But he took up the parable of his prophecy, and said:

Bileam, son of Beor, speaketh; the man speaketh who is more honourable than his father, (because) the dark mysteries hidden from the prophets have been revealed to him; and who, because he was not circumcised, fell upon his face when the angel stood over against him:

JER 24:3 And he took up in parable his prophecy, and said: Bileam the son of Beor saith; the man saith who is more honourable than his father, for what hath been hidden from all prophets is revealed to him;
 
Numbers 24:4
JPS 24:4
The saying of him who heareth the words of God,
Who seeth the vision of the Almighty,
Fallen down, yet with opened eyes:
ONK 24:4
He hath said who heard the Word from before God,
Who saw the vision of the Almighty, prostrate when he saw:
PAL 24:4 he hath said who heard the Word from before the living God; who beheld the vision before God the Almighty, and, seeking that it might be discovered to him, fell upon his face, and the secret mysteries hidden from the prophets were revealed to him.
JER 24:4 the man saith who heard the Word from before the Lord, and who saw the vision before the Almighty; when, inquiring, prostrate on his face, the mysteries of prophecy were disclosed to him, and of himself he did prophesy that he shall fall by the sword, a prophecy to be confirmed at the end!
 
Numbers 24:5
JPS 24:5
How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob,
Thy dwellings, O Israel!
ONK 24:5
How goodly is thy land, Jakob,
And the house of thy habitation, Israel!
PAL 24:5 How beautiful your houses of instruction, in the tabernacle where Jakob your father ministered; and how beautiful this tabernacle of ordinance which is found among you, and the tents that surround it, house of Israel!
JER 24:5 How goodly were the tabernacles in which Jakob their father did pray; and the tabernacle of ordinance which you have made to My name, and your own tabernacles, house of Israel!
 
Numbers 24:6
JPS 24:6
As valleys stretched out,
As gardens by the river-side;
As aloes planted of the LORD,
As cedars beside the waters;
ONK 24:6
As rivers flowing onward; as the watered garden by Euphrates,
As aromatics planted by the Lord; as cedars planted by the waters.
PAL 24:6 As tides of waters, so are the house of Israel, dwelling like flocks made strong by the doctrine of the law; and as gardens planted by the flowing streams, so are their disciples in the fellowships of their schools. The light of their faces shineth as the brightness of the firmament which the Lord created on the second day of the creation of the world, and outspread for the glory of the Shekinah. They are exalted and lifted up above all the nations, like cedars of Lebanon planted by fountains of waters.
JER 24:6 As torrents that prevail, so shall Israel overpower their adversaries; and as gardens planted by fountains of water, so shall be their cities, giving forth scribes and teachers of the law; and as the heavens which the Memra of the Lord spread forth for the dwelling of His Shekinah, so shall Israel live, and endure unto eternity, beautiful and renowned as cedars by the waters which grow up on high.
 
Numbers 24:7
JPS 24:7
Water shall flow from his branches,
And his seed shall be in many waters;
And his king shall be higher than Agag,
And his kingdom shall be exalted.
ONK 24:7
The king anointed from his sons shall increase,
And have dominion over many nations;
His king shall be mightier than Agag, and his kingdom be exalted.
PAL 24:7 From them their King shall arise, and their Redeemer be of them and among them, and the seed of the children of Jakob shall rule over many nations. The first who will reign over them will make war with the house of Amalek, and will be exalted above Agag their king; but because he had spared him his kingdom will be taken from him.
JER 24:7 Their King will arise from among their children, and their Redeemer will be of them and among them; and He will gather their captives from the cities of their adversaries, and their children shall have rule among the peoples. And the kingdom of the King Meshiha shall be made great: stronger is He than Shaul who vanquished Agag the king of the Amalkaah.
 
Numbers 24:8
JPS 24:8
God who brought him forth out of Egypt
Is for him like the lofty horns of the wild-ox;
He shall eat up the nations that are his adversaries,
And shall break their bones in pieces,
And pierce them through with his arrows.
ONK 24:8
God, who brought them from Mizraim, is mighty and high, and by Him
Shall Israel use the wealth of the nations their foes,
Enjoy the spoils of their kings, and inherit their lands.
PAL 24:8 Unto Eloha, who brought them out free from Mizrairn, belong might, and exaltation, and glory, and power. He will destroy the nations of their adversaries, and break down their strength, and will send forth the plague-arrows of His vengeance among them, and destroy them.
JER 24:8 Unto God who redeemed, and brought them out free from the land of Mizraim, belong power, and praise, and exaltation. The sons of Israel will prevail over their enemies, will divide their cities, slay their heroes, and disperse their residue.
 
Numbers 24:9
JPS 24:9
He couched, he lay down as a lion,
And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up?
Blessed be every one that blesseth thee,
And cursed be every one that curseth thee.
ONK 24:9
He reposed in his strength, as the lion and the lioness,
And no kingdom may commove him.
They who bless thee shall be blessed,
And they who curse thee be accursed.
PAL 24:9 They shall repose and dwell as a lion, and as an old lion, that sleeping who will (dare to) awake? They who bless them are blessed, as Mosheh the prophet, the scribe of Israel; and they who curse them are accursed, as Bileam son of Beor.
JER 24:9 Behold, these people will dwell as a lion, and be as the strong lions. He who blesseth you, Israel, shall be blessed, as Mosheh the prophet, the scribe of Israel; and he who curseth you will be accursed, as Bileam, the son of Beor.
 
Numbers 24:10
JPS 24:10 And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together; and Balak said unto Balaam: 'I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.
ONK 24:10 And the anger of Balak was roused against Bileam, and he smote his hands together. And Balak said to Bileam, I called thee to curse my enemies, and, behold, blessing hast thou blessed them these three times!
PAL 24:10 And Balak's wrath grew strong against Bileam, and, smiting his hands, Balak said to Bileam, I brought thee to curse my enemies, and, behold, in blessing thou hast blessed them these three times.
JER 24:10 And Balak's anger grew strong against Bileam, and Balak smote his hands, and said to Bileam, I brought thee to curse my enemies, and thou hast only blessed.
 
Numbers 24:11
JPS 24:11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place; I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.'
ONK 24:11 And now go to thy place. I said, Honouring I would honour thee; but, behold, the Lord hath kept thee back from honour.
PAL 24:11 And now flee to thy place. I had said that honouring I would honour thee; but, behold, the Lord hath kept back Bileam from honour.
 
 
Numbers 24:12
JPS 24:12 And Balaam said unto Balak: 'Spoke I not also to thy messengers that thou didst send unto me, saying:
ONK 24:12 But Bileam said to Balak, Did I not also tell the messengers whom thou sentest to me, saying,
PAL 24:12 But Bileam said to Balak, Did I not tell thy messengers whom thou sentest to me, saying,
 
 
Numbers 24:13
JPS 24:13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; what the LORD speaketh, that will I speak?
ONK 24:13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I have no power to transgress the decree of the Word of the Lord, to do good or evil of my own will; whatsoever the Lord shall say, that will I speak?
PAL 24:13 If Balak would give me the fulness of his treasures of silver and gold, I have no power to transgress the decree of the Word of the Lord, to do good or evil of my own will: what the Lord saith shall I not speak?
 
 
Numbers 24:14
JPS 24:14 And now, behold, I go unto my people; come, and I will announce to thee what this people shall do to thy people in the end of days.'
ONK 24:14 And now, behold, I go unto my people. Come, I will give thee counsel what thou shouldst do; and will show thee what this people will do unto thy people at the end of the days.
PAL 24:14 And now, behold, I return to go to my people. Come, I will give thee counsel: Go, furnish tavern houses, and employ seductive women to sell food and drinks cheaply, and to bring this people together to eat and drink, and commit whoredom with them, that they may deny their God; then in a brief time will they be delivered into thy hand, and many of them fall. Nevertheless, after this they will still have dominion over thy people at the end of the days.
JER 24:14 And now, behold, I go to my people. Come now, I will counsel thee how thou art to act with this people. Lead them into sin; for else thou canst have no power against them. Nevertheless, these people are to prevail over thy people at the end of the days.
 
Numbers 24:15
JPS 24:15 And he took up his parable, and said:
The saying of Balaam the son of Beor,
And the saying of the man whose eye is opened;
ONK 24:15 And he took up his parable, and said:
Bileam, the son of Beor, speaketh,
The man who saw the Beautiful speaketh,
PAL 24:15 And he took up the parable of his prophecy, and said: Bileam the son of Beor speaketh; the man speaketh who is more honourable than his father, because the mysteries hidden from prophets have been revealed to him;
JER 24:15 And he took up the parable of his prophecy, and said:

Bileam the son of Beor saith; the man who is more honourable than his father saith, for what hath been hid from all the prophets is revealed unto me:

 
Numbers 24:16
JPS 24:16
The saying of him who heareth the words of God,
And knoweth the knowledge of the Most High,
Who seeth the vision of the Almighty,
Fallen down, yet with opened eyes:
ONK 24:16
He speaks who heard the Word from before God,
And who knoweth knowledge from the Most High,
Who saw the vision of the Almighty, prostrate when he saw.
PAL 24:16 he speaketh who heard the Word from before the Lord, and who knoweth the hour when the Most High God will be wroth with him; (he speaketh) who saw the vision before the Almighty, seeking, prostrate on his face, that it should be revealed to him; the secret, concealed from the prophets, was disclosed unto him.
JER 24:16 the man speaketh who heard the Word from before the Lord, and learned knowledge from the Most High; who saw the vision in the presence of the Almighty, seeking, prostrate on his face, when the visions of prophecy were disclosed to him, and he was made to foreknow of himself that he will fall by the sword, but that his prophecy will be confirmed.
 
Numbers 24:17
JPS 24:17
I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not nigh;
There shall step forth a star out of Jacob,
And a scepter shall rise out of Israel,
And shall smite through the corners of Moab,
And break down all the sons of Seth.
ONK 24:17
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh.
When a king shall arise out of Jakob,
And the Meshiha be anointed from Israel,
He will slay the princes of Moab, and reign over all the children of men;
PAL 24:17 I shall see Him, but not now; I shall behold Him, but it is not near. When the mighty King of Jakob's house shall reign, and the Meshiha, the Power-sceptre of Israel, be anointed, He will slay the princes of the Moabaee, and bring to nothing all the children of Sheth, the armies of Gog who will do battle against Israel, and all their carcases shall fall before Him.
JER 24:17 I shall see Him, but not now; I shall behold Him, but He is not nigh. A King is to arise from the house of Jakob, and a Redeemer and Ruler from the house of Israel, who will slay the strong ones of the Moabaee, and bring to nothing and consume all the children of the east.
 
Numbers 24:18
JPS 24:18
And Edom shall be a possession,
Seir also, even his enemies, shall be a possession;
While Israel doeth valiantly.
ONK 24:18
And Edom shall be an inheritance,
And Seir a possession of his adversaries;
But Israel shall prosper in riches.
PAL 24:18 And the Edomaee will be utterly driven out, even the sons of Gabela from before Israel their foes, and Israel will be strengthened with their riches and possess them.
JER 24:18 And Edom may inherit Mount Gabela from their enemies, but Israel will be stronger with a mighty host.
 
Numbers 24:19
JPS 24:19
And out of Jacob shall one have dominion,
And shall destroy the remnant from the city.
ONK 24:19
One will descend from the house of Jakob,
Who will destroy him that escapeth from the city of the peoples.
PAL 24:19 And a prince of the house of Jakob will arise and destroy and consume the remnant that have escaped from Constantina the guilty city, and will lay waste and ruin the rebellious city, even Kaiserin, the strong city of the Gentiles.
JER 24:19 A King will arise from the house of Jakob, and destroy what shall remain of the strong city.
 
Numbers 24:20
JPS 24:20 And he looked on Amalek, and took up his parable, and said:
Amalek was the first of the nations;
But his end shall come to destruction.
ONK 24:20 And he looked on the Amalkaah, and took up his parable, and said:
Amalek was the beginning of the wars of Israel,
But in his end he shall perish for ever.
PAL 24:20 And he looked on the house of Amalek, and took up the parable of his prophecy, and said: The first of the nations who made war with the house of Israel were those of the house of Amalek; and they at last, in the days of the King Meshiha, with all the children of the east, will make war against Israel; but all of them together will have eternal destruction in their end.
JER 24:20 And he beheld the Amalkaah, and took up the parable of his prophecv, and said: The house of Amalek was the first of the peoples to make war with Israel, and at last in the end of the days they will array battle against them; but their end is to perish, and their destruction to be for ever.
 
Numbers 24:21
JPS 24:21 And he looked on the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said:
Though firm be thy dwelling-place,
And though thy nest be set in the rock;
ONK 24:21 And he beheld the Shalmaah, and took up his parable, and said:
Strong is the house of thy dwelling,
And in a strong fortress thou hast set thy abode;
PAL 24:21 And he looked upon Jethro, who had been made proselyte, and took up the parable of his prophecy, and said: How strong is thy habitation, who hast set thy dwelling in the clefts of the rocks!
JER 24:21 And when he looked upon the Shalmaia, taking up the parable of his prophecy, he said, How strong is thy abode, who hast set the house of thy dwelling in the clefts of the rock!
 
Numbers 24:22
JPS 24:22
Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted;
How long? Asshur shall carry thee away captive.
ONK 24:22
But yet Shalmaah shall be destroyed,
For Athuria will make thee captive.
PAL 24:22 Yet so is it decreed that the children of the Shalmaia must be despoiled, but not until Sancherib the king of Athur shall come and make thee captive.
JER 24:22 But the Shalmaia will not be spoiled, until Athuria shall arise, and take thee captive.
 
Numbers 24:23
JPS 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said:
Alas, who shall live after God hath appointed him?
ONK 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said:
Woe to the wicked who may live when God doeth this!
PAL 24:23 And he took up the parable of his prophecy, and said: Woe to them who are alive at the time when the Word of the Lord shall be revealed, to give the good reward to the righteous, and to take vengeance on the wicked, to smite the nations and the kings, and bring these things upon them!
JER 24:23 Woe to him who is alive when the Word of the Lord setteth Himself to give the good reward to the just, and to take vengeance on the wicked!
 
Numbers 24:24
JPS 24:24
But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim,
And they shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber,
And he also shall come to destruction.
ONK 24:24
And ships will come from the Kittaee,(49)
And afflict Athur, and subdue beyond the Phrat;
But they also shall perish for ever.
PAL 24:24 And ships (lit., sails) armed for war will come forth with great armies from Lombarnia, and from the land of Italia,(27) conjoined with the legions that will come forth from Constantina, and will afflict the Athuraee, and bring into captivity all the sons of Eber;(28) nevertheless the end of these and of those is to fall by the hand of the King Meshiha, and be brought to everlasting destruction.
JER 24:24 And great hosts in Livernia will come from the great city, and will conjoin with them many legions of the Romaee, and subjugate Athuria, and afflict all the children beyond the river. Nevertheless the end of these and of those is to perish, and the destruction to be everlasting.
 
Numbers 24:25
JPS 24:25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.
ONK 24:25 And Bileam arose, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went upon his way.
PAL 24:25 And Bileam rose up and went to return to his place, and Balak also went upon his way, and appointed the daughters of the Midianites for the tavern booths at Beth Jeshimoth, by the snow mountain, where they sold sweetmeats cheaper than their price, after the counsel of Bileam the wicked, at the dividing of the way.
JER 24:25 And Bileam rose up and went to return to his place; and Balak also.
 
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