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Balak
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A Moabite king, son of Zippor, who hired the Mesopotamian diviner Balaam to curse the Israelites (Num 22–24). As the Israelites camped on the plains of Moab after defeating the Amorites, Balak tried to prevent the demise of Moab and Midian at Israel’s hands by hiring Balaam to curse them. Balaam ends up blessing Israel instead, and Balak becomes an Old Testament example of the futility of trying to thwart God’s plan (Josh 24:9–10; Judg 11:25).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Balak, Son of Zippor
Balak, Son of Zippor (בָּלָק‎, balaq). A Moabite king, son of Zippor, who hired the Mesopotamian diviner Balaam to curse the Israelites (Num 22–24). As the Israelites camped on the plains of Moab after defeating the Amorites, Balak tried to prevent the demise of Moab and Midian at Israel’s hands by hiring
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Balak (Person)
BALAK (PERSON) [Heb bālāq (בָּלָק)]. A king of Moab, the son of Zippor, whose encounter with Balaam is described in Numbers 22–24. After the Israelites had defeated the Amorites and were camped in the plains of Moab opposite Jericho, Balak and the elders of Moab and Midian decided to protect themselves
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Balak
Balak. Zippor’s son, king of Moab. Balak became fearful after the Israelites defeated the Amorites, so he attempted to hire a soothsayer named Balaam to pronounce a curse against Israel (Nm 22:1–7). Balak escorted Balaam to three different mountains and offered three different sacrifices, only to have
Balac
Balac. kjv form of Balak, king of Moab in Moses’ time, in Revelation 2:14.See Balak.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Balak
Balak bāʹlak [Heb. bālāq—‘devastator’; Gk. Balak (Rev. 2:14)]; AV NT BALAC. King of Moab, mentioned in connection with the story of Balaam (Nu. 22:24; cf. Josh. 24:9; Jgs. 11:25; Mic. 6:5; Rev. 2:14). He hired Balaam to pronounce a curse on the Israelites.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Balak
BALAK Zippor’s son, king of Moab. Balak became fearful after the Israelites defeated the Amorites, so he attempted to hire a soothsayer named Balaam to pronounce a curse against Israel (Nm 22:1–7). Balak escorted Balaam to three different mountains and offered three different sacrifices, only to have
Balac
BALAC* kjv form of Balak, king of Moab in Moses’ time, in Revelation 2:14. See Balak.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Balak
Balak (bay´lak), the son of Zippor and king of Moab who serves as the principal antagonist in the Balaam story (Num. 22–24). His pathetic plea for a curse against Israel casts him as a tragic figure, albeit in a comic light. He is also remembered as one who would try to seduce people into idolatry and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Balak
BALAK. A king of Moab who was frightened by Israel’s conquest of the kingdoms of Sihon and Og and in desperation hired Balaam (q.v.), from Pethor on the Euphrates, to curse Israel. The Lord would not permit Balaam to curse but rather bless. However, Balak succeeded in a roundabout way by following Balaam’s
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Balak
BALAK. The king of Moab who employed *Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites (Nu. 22–24). He was remembered as an example of the folly of seeking to thwart God’s will (Jos. 24:9; Jdg. 11:25).N. Hillyer.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Balak
Balak (Heb. bālāq; Gk. Balák)The son of Zippor and king of Moab. He was overcome with fear after the Israelites defeated the Amorites and so summoned Balaam in order to curse them (Num. 22–24). His futile attempts to seduce the people into idolatry and immorality were legendary (Judg. 11:25; Mic.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Balak
Balak [bāˊlăk] (Heb. bālāq “destroyer”). The son of Zippor and king of Moab, who was overcome with fear after the people of Israel had defeated the Amorites and who summoned Balaam in order to curse them (Num. 22–24). After this attempt had failed, he followed Balaam’s advice and seduced the people
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Balak
BALAK The king of Moab and son of Zippor; he is best known for his attempt to persuade the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites (Num 22–24). When the Israelites were camped on the plain of Moab in anticipation of moving across Canaan, Balak and his chief advisors sought to defeat them by supernatural
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Balak
Ba´lak (spoiler), son of Zippor, king of the Moabites, who hired Balaam to curse the Israelites; but his designs were frustrated in the manner recorded in Num. 22:24. (b.c. 1451.)
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