Bible Names A-G: Balak
Balak in Easton's Bible Dictionary
empty; spoiler, a son of Zippor, and king of the Moabites
22:2, 4). From fear of the Israelites, who were
the confines of his territory, he applied to Balaam
curse them; but in vain (Josh. 24:9).
Balak in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
("vain, empty, son of Zipper".) Not hereditary king, but
imposed on Moab by Sihon. (See BALAAM; HUR (2).) His
employment of Balaam to curse Israel was near the close of
Israel's journeying. His knowing as to the seer in Mesopotamia
would imply a circulation of intelligence, great considering
the times. Moab's descent from Lot, originally of Mesopotamia;
also the merchant caravans passing across the deserts; also
the advanced civilization of Moab in letters, proved by the
Moabite stone some centuries later: all make it intelligible.
Finding Israel "too mighty" for him (Numbers 22:6), and his
hope of prevailing by Balaam's enchantments being
disappointed, he let them alone thenceforth. His "warring
against Israel" (Joshua 24:9-10) consisted not in "fighting,"
which is denied in Judges 11:25, but in hiring Balak against
Balak in Hitchcock's Bible Names
who lays waste or destroys
Balak in Naves Topical Bible
King of Moab
Nu 22:4; Jos 24:9; Jud 11:25; Mic 6:5
-Tries to bribe Balaam to curse Israel
Balak in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(spoiler), son of Zippor, king of the Moabites, who hired
Balaam to curse the Israelites; but his designs were
frustrated int he manner recorded in Nu 22:24 (B.C. 1451.)
Balak in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ba'-ak balaq, "devastator" or "one who lays waste"): Mentioned
in connection with the story of Balaam/Balak (Nu 22 through
24; compare Josh 24:9; Jdg 11:25; Mic 6:5; Rev 2:14). He was
the king of Moab who hired Balaam to pronounce a curse on the
Balak in Wikipedia
was king of Moab around 1200 BC. According to the Bible,
Zippor was the father of Balak and the ruler of Moab around
1350 BC.
Revelation 2:12 - 2:14 says about Balak: 12 `And to the
messenger of the assembly in Pergamos write: These things
saith he who is having the sharp two-edged sword: 13 I
have known thy works, and where thou dost dwell -- where the
throne of the Adversary [is] -- and thou dost hold fast my
name, and thou didst not deny my faith, even in the days in
which Antipas [was] my faithful witness, who was put to
death beside you, where the Adversary doth dwell. 14 `But
I have against thee a few things: That thou hast there those
holding the teaching of Balaam, who did teach Balak to cast
a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol-
sacrifices, and to commit whoredom; (above is quoted from
Young's Literal Translation of the Holy Bible.) And can be
read online via
Other sources detailing the story of Balak.
Balak died when Joshua began his conquest of Canaan.
Balak is also the name of the weekly parshah or portion in
the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading that tells the
story of Balak in the Book of Numbers.
Balak Scripture - Numbers 22:35
And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men:
but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou
shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
Balak Scripture - Numbers 23:11
And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I
took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast
blessed [them] altogether.
Balak Scripture - Numbers 23:13
And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto
another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt
see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all:
and curse me them from thence.
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