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Balak meaning

בלק
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🔼The name Balak in the Bible

Balak, son of Zippor, is the Moabite king who tries to hire Balaam for the purpose of cursing Israel (Numbers 22:1-5). The famous and enigmatic scene of the speaking donkey ensues (Numbers 22:21-35).

The only time in the Bible that Balak is not mentioned in direct conjunction with Balaam is in Judges 11:25, and the only occurrence of this name in the Greek New Testament is in Revelation 2:14 (Βαλακ).

🔼Etymology of the name Balak

The name Balak comes from the sparsely used Hebrew verb בלק (balaq), meaning to waste or lay waste:

🔼Balak meaning

For a meaning of the name Balak, BDB Theological Dictionary reads Devastator, NOBSE Study Bible Name List suggests Empty, and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Wasting.

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