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In Numbers 24:17 Balaam says to Balak that all the children of Sheth will be destroyed. Who are these children?

In Genesis I read Enosh is a child of Sheth and Noah is a grand-grand-grand-child so everyone living now is a descendant of Sheth. But what does Balaam mean?

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Given the larger context of the prophesy, it seems clear that this Sheth was a Moabite:

A star shall come forth from Jacob,
A scepter shall rise from Israel,
And shall crush through the forehead of Moab,
And tear down all the sons of Sheth.

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Seth and Sheth are two English spellings of the same name, Hebrew שֵׁת ! Of, course, this does not mean that they are the same person. –  fdb Apr 4 at 18:06
    
@fdb - depends on the translation used. If you note the references I used, they are distinctly different. –  warren Apr 4 at 19:54
    
I am not using any translation. You are perhaps aware that the Old Testament was written in Hebrew. –  fdb Apr 4 at 20:14
    
@fdb - the point still remains: the immediate context does not allow for such an interpretation –  warren Apr 7 at 14:32
    
What I am saying is very simple: They are two different people with the same name. Is that not clear enough? –  fdb Apr 7 at 16:03

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