How Beautiful Your Tents

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How does God feel about His people? What is God’s love like? Sometimes we might feel like God loves us not because he likes us but because He’s God and He has to. It’s his job description. His love is like a duty. I mean, look at us, we’re so messed up and unlovable.

But in this verse, when God through Balaam talks about Israel, one way you could interpret it is how God sees Israel as a beautiful, lovable people group that he really is fond of.

That’s, of course, just one interpretation. It could be something else, like God’s vision and hope for Israel’s future. They may be messed up and dirty now, but they have potential for beauty and goodness. What do you think?

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How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places (too), O Israel!
Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD

How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places (too), O Israel!
Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD

Like cedars ‘side the waters. Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water.
Their king will be greater than Agag, their kingdom will be exalted.

How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places (too), O Israel!
Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD

God brought them out of Egypt, they have the strength of a wild ox, devouring hostile nations and breaking their bones in pieces;
And with their arrows they pierce them. Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse them?

May those who bless you be blessed and those curse you be cursed–
May those who bless you be blessed; who curse, be cursed!

How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places (too), O Israel!
Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD.

Related Bible Verses

Numbers 24:5

“How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!

Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters. Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. Their king will be greater than Agag, their kingdom will be exalted.

God brought them out of Egypt, they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces; with their arrows they pierce them. Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse them?

May those who bless you be blessed and those curse you be cursed!”

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