Balaam

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Balaam A paragraph describing something wonderful, used to fill out a newspaper column; -- an allusion to the miracle of Balaam's ass speaking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n balaam Matter regarding marvelous and incredible events inserted in a newspaper to fill space.
    • n balaam Same as balaam-box.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Balaam bā′lam a prophet who strives to mislead, like Balaam in Numb. xxii.-xxiv.: unimportant paragraphs kept in readiness to fill up a newspaper
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Usage

In literature:

And it looks to me like men stand in need of reprovin' now as much as they did in Balaam's days.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
Dr. Chalmers would have made a sorry Balaam; he was made of different stuff, and for other purposes.
"Spare Hours" by John Brown
The main passage concerning Balaam in Num.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
You must remember, however, that it took an ass to know an angel at first sight in Balaam's time.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
The King had implicit confidence in Balaam.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
Hold on a minute, Balaam.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
In the words of Balaam, in Num.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
As early as in the prophecy of Balaam, in Numb.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
For all I care, you are Robert Burns, or Napoleon Buonaparte, or anything, from the Mother of the Gracchi to Balaam's Ass.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
What, in the name of all Balaams, could possess the animal, he could not for his life conceive!
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
Think on Balaam's awful history.
"Specimens of German Romance" by Carl Franz van der Velde
And the ass saw the angel of the Lord, and she lay down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with his staff.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
In what tongue did Balaam's donkey speak?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
Balaam declares that God is not a man that He should lie.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
It was the iniquity of Balaam.
"The Overcoming Life" by Dwight Moody
Usually it is the precedent of Balaam that is followed.
"The Vagabond in Literature" by Arthur Rickett
At Florence, one is like Balaam with the Israelites.
"Alas!" by Rhoda Broughton
The ass, that which spoke to your contemporary, Balaam, in a remarkable discourse.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
Balaam, the magician, the king's eunuch, then recalled his majesty's dream.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

But Balaam's wish was vain,
His heart was insincere;
He thirsted for unrighteous gain,
And sought a portion here.
"Balaam's Wish" by John Newton
How blest the righteous are
When they resign their breath!
No wonder Balaam wished to share
In such a happy death.
"Balaam's Wish" by John Newton
Who hold peace meetings, where they pass
Lengthy resolves of wind and gas,
Much like the bray of Balaam's ass?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
In the pulpit I've known of his preaching,
Out of hearing behind the time,
Some statement of Balaam's impeaching,
Giving Eve a due sense of her crime.
"The Flying Dutchman" by James Russell Lowell
O Balaam! Balaam! ope thine eyes, and see
The angel just descended from above!
Return, return, nor touch the venal fee,
But hear the ass, thy avarice reprove.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
"Thou shalt not go with them!" distinctly was said,
"Nor to curse the Lord's people presume;"
So the Princes of Moab returned as they came,
And left Balaam reluctant at home.
""" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow