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Numbers 24:17–19

17  bI shall see him, but not now:

I shall bbehold him, but not nigh:

There cshall come da Star out of Jacob,

And ea Sceptre shall rise out of Israel,

And shall ||smite the corners of Moab,

And destroy all the children of Sheth.

18  And fEdom shall be a possession,

gSeir also shall be a possession for his enemies;

And Israel shall do valiantly.

19  Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion,

And shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.

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Numbers 24:17–19 — The New International Version (NIV)

17 “I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not near.

A star will come out of Jacob;

a scepter will rise out of Israel.

He will crush the foreheads of Moab,

the skulls of all the people of Sheth.

18 Edom will be conquered;

Seir, his enemy, will be conquered,

but Israel will grow strong.

19 A ruler will come out of Jacob

and destroy the survivors of the city.”

Numbers 24:17–19 — English Standard Version (ESV)

17 I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not near:

a star shall come out of Jacob,

and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;

it shall crush the forehead of Moab

and break down all the sons of Sheth.

18 Edom shall be dispossessed;

Seir also, his enemies, shall be dispossessed.

Israel is doing valiantly.

19 And one from Jacob shall exercise dominion

and destroy the survivors of cities!”

Numbers 24:17–19 — New Living Translation (NLT)

17 I see him, but not here and now.

I perceive him, but far in the distant future.

A star will rise from Jacob;

a scepter will emerge from Israel.

It will crush the heads of Moab’s people,

cracking the skulls of the people of Sheth.

18 Edom will be taken over,

and Seir, its enemy, will be conquered,

while Israel marches on in triumph.

19 A ruler will rise in Jacob

who will destroy the survivors of Ir.”

Numbers 24:17–19 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

17 “I see Him, but not now;

I behold Him, but not near;

A Star shall come out of Jacob;

A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,

And batter the brow of Moab,

And destroy all the sons of tumult.

18 “And Edom shall be a possession;

Seir also, his enemies, shall be a possession,

While Israel does valiantly.

19 Out of Jacob One shall have dominion,

And destroy the remains of the city.”

Numbers 24:17–19 — New Century Version (NCV)

17 I see someone who will come someday,

someone who will come, but not soon.

A star will come from Jacob;

a ruler will rise from Israel.

He will crush the heads of the Moabites

and smash the skulls of the sons of Sheth.

18 Edom will be conquered;

his enemy Edom will be conquered,

but Israel will grow wealthy.

19 A ruler will come from the descendants of Jacob

and will destroy those left in the city.”

Numbers 24:17–19 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

17 I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not nigh:

There shall come forth a star out of Jacob,

And a sceptre shall rise out of Israel,

And shall smite through the corners of Moab,

And break down all the sons of tumult.

18 And Edom shall be a possession,

Seir also shall be a possession, who were his enemies;

While Israel doeth valiantly.

19 And out of Jacob shall one have dominion,

And shall destroy the remnant from the city.

Numbers 24:17–19 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

17 I shall see him, but not now; I shall behold him, but not nigh: There cometh a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and he shall cut in pieces the corners of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult. 18 And Edom shall be a possession, and Seir a possession, —they, his enemies; but Israel will do valiantly. 19 And one out of Jacob shall have dominion, and will destroy out of the city what remaineth.

Numbers 24:17–19 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

17 I see someone who is not here now. 

I look at someone who is not nearby. 

A star will come from Jacob. 

A scepter will rise from Israel. 

He will crush the heads of the Moabites 

and destroy all the people of Sheth.

18 Edom will be conquered, 

and Seir, his enemy, will be conquered. 

So Israel will become wealthy. 

19 He will rule from Jacob 

and destroy whoever is left in their cities.” 

Numbers 24:17–19 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 I see him, but not now;

I perceive him, but not near.

A star will come from Jacob,

and a scepter will arise from Israel.

He will smash the forehead of Moab

and strike down all the Shethites.

18 Edom will become a possession;

Seir will become a possession of its enemies,

but Israel will be triumphant.

19 One who comes from Jacob will rule;

he will destroy the city’s survivors.

Numbers 24:17–19 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not near—

a star shall come out of Jacob,

and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;

it shall crush the borderlands of Moab,

and the territory of all the Shethites.

18 Edom will become a possession,

Seir a possession of its enemies,

while Israel does valiantly.

19 One out of Jacob shall rule,

and destroy the survivors of Ir.”

Numbers 24:17–19 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

17 I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not near;

a star will go out from Jacob,

and a scepter will rise from Israel;

it will crush the foreheads of Moab

and destroy all the children of Seth.

18 Edom will be a captive;

Seir, its enemies, will be a captive,

and Israel will be acting courageously.

19 Someone from Jacob will rule

and will destroy a remnant from the city.”

Numbers 24:17–19 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

17 “I see him, but I don’t see him now.

I view him, but he isn’t near.

A star will come from among the people of Jacob.

A king will rise up out of Israel.

He’ll crush the foreheads of the people of Moab.

He’ll crush the skulls of all of the sons of Sheth.

18 He’ll win the battle over Edom.

He’ll win the battle over his enemy Seir.

But Israel will grow strong.

19 A ruler will come from among the people of Jacob.

He’ll destroy those from the city who are still alive.”

Numbers 24:17–19 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

17 “I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not near;

A star shall come forth from Jacob,

A scepter shall rise from Israel,

And shall crush through the forehead of Moab,

And tear down all the sons of Sheth.

18 Edom shall be a possession,

Seir, its enemies, also will be a possession,

While Israel performs valiantly.

19 “One from Jacob shall have dominion,

And will destroy the remnant from the city.”


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