- Balaam, son of Beor of Pethor on the Euphrates, a soothsayer in the Old Testament.
1) A native of Pethor a city in Mesopotamia, endued by Jehovah with prophetic power. He was hired by Balak to curse the Israelites; and influenced by the love of reward, he wished to gratify Balak; but he was compelled by Jehovah's power to bless them. Hence later the Jews saw him as a most abandoned deceiver.Literal: Balaam = "perhaps"
Of Hebrew origin [H1109]; Balaam, a mesopotamian (symbolic of a false teacher)
KJV Usage: Balaam.