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Balak

BALAK (bā'lăk, Heb. bālāq, devastator). A king of Moab in Moses’ day who hired Balaam, a diviner from the Euphrates, to pronounce a curse on the Israelites (Num.22.1-Num.22.41-Num.24.1-Num.24.25; Judg.11.25; Mic.6.5; Rev.2.14). Frightened by the story of Israel’s victory over Sihon and Og, he evidently thought that the favor of the Lord could be turned from Israel to his own nation. Instead of cursings, he heard blessings; but he achieved his end in an indirect way when he followed Balaam’s advice to seduce the people of Israel to idolatry, a sin that resulted in heavy judgment on the chosen people. See also [[Balaam]].