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Bible Commentaries

Scofield's Reference Notes

Numbers 23

Verse 7

and said

In the prophecies of Balaam God testifies on behalf of His people rather than (as usual) to them. It is the divine testimony to their standing as a redeemed people in view of the serpent "lifted up," and of the water from the smitten rock. Numbers 21:5-9; Numbers 20:11. Their state was morally bad, but this was a matter concerning the discipline of God, not His judgment. The interpretation of the prophecies is literal as to Israel, typical as to Christians. Through Christ "lifted up" John 3:14 our standing is eternally secure and perfect, though our state may require the Father's discipline ; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; 2 Corinthians 1:4-9; 2 Corinthians 1:10-13 meantime, against all enemies, God is "for us." Romans 8:31.

Verse 19


Scofield "Zechariah 8:14".

Verse 22


i.e. the aurochs, or wild ox.

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Bibliographical Information
Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Numbers 23". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". 1917.