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They have abandoned the right way and have wandered off to follow

"These false teachers have abandoned the right way and have gone astray to follow." The false teachers have refused to be obedient to God because they have rejected what is right.

the right way

Right behavior that honors God is spoken of as if it were a path to follow. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)

he obtained a rebuke

You can specify it was God who rebuked Balaam. AT: "God rebuked him" (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-abstractnouns)

a mute donkey speaking in a human voice

A donkey, which is naturally unable to speak, spoke with a voice like a human.

stopped the prophet's insanity

God used a donkey to stop the prophet's foolish action. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)


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  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/receive
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/righteous
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/rebuke
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/transgression
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/donkey
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/voice
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/prophet