Numbers 23:23

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Numbers 23:23 is an important verse in the Bible, which reads: "Surely [there is] no enchantment against Jacob, neither [is there] any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!" KJV

It was a prophetic utterance given to Balaam by God.


The final phrase of the verse, "What hath God wrought" was made famous in the English speaking world when, on May 24, 1844 Samuel Morse used it as the text of the first telegraph message ever transmitted.

Numbers 23:23 is the 4,440th (four thousand, four hundred, fortieth) verse in the Pentateuch, or 40 x 111 (the 111th is Genesis 5:5). According to some Christians who subscribe to the idea that the Bible contains various kinds of subtextual 'codes' or patterns, 111 is a key unit in some of these "Bible codes".

Other versions

"For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel. It now must be said of Jacob And of Israel, 'Oh, what God has done!' NKJV

No curse can touch Jacob; no magic has any power against Israel. For now it will be said of Jacob, 'What wonders God has done for Israel!' NLT

There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'See what God has done!' NIV