He sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, to Pethor that is by the River, to the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, “Behold, there is a people who came out from Egypt. Behold, they cover the surface of the earth and they are staying opposite me. Bible see other translations

“the surface of the earth.” The Hebrew uses the idiomatic phrase, they cover the “eye” of the earth. This phrase also occurs in verses such as Exodus 10:5, 15; and Numbers 22:11. This may be related to the fact that there were so many people covering the earth that it could not “see” because of all the people.

Commentary for: Numbers 22:5