1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.
2 Balak, the son of Zippor, saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
3 And Moab was greatly afraid of the people because they were so many in number, and the children of Israel distressed Moab.
4 And Moab said to the elders of Midian, "Now is the time for this company to lick up all that are around us, like the ox licks up the grass of the field. Balak, the son of Zippor, was king of the Moabites at that time.
5 Therefore he sent messengers to Balaam, the son of Beor, in Pethor, which is by the [Euphrates] river in the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, "Behold, there is a people that have come out from Egypt; they cover the face of the earth, and they have located next to me.
6 Therefore please come quickly and curse me this people for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be successful in smiting them and driving them out of the land for I am aware that those whom you bless is blessed, and those whom you curse is cursed."
7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination [for Balaam's requested curse] in their hand; and they came to Balaam, and spoke to him the words of Balak.
8 And he said to them, "Lodge here tonight, and I will bring you word as the LORD shall speak to me;" and the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
9 And God came to Balaam and said, "What men are these to you?"
10 And Balaam said to God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying,
11 Behold, there is a people that have come out of Egypt, and they cover the face of the earth; come now, curse them for me. Perhaps then I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out."
12 And God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people for they are blessed."
13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, "Go back to your own land for the LORD refuses to give me permission to go with you."
14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went back to Balak, and said, "Balaam refuses to come with us."
15 And Balak sent yet again more princes, who were more honorable than the previous ones.
16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, "Thus said Balak the son of Zippor, 'Let nothing, I beg of you, hinder you from coming to me,
17 For I will promote you to very great honor, and I will do whatever you ask of me; come therefore, I beg you, and curse this people for me.'"
18 And Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, "If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.
19 Now therefore, I beg you, you also stay here tonight, that I may know if the LORD will say more to me."
20 And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, "If the men come to call you, rise up, and go with them; but you shall only do what I tell you to do."
21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
22 And God's anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of the LORD stood in the way to oppose him. Now Balaam was riding on his ass, and his two servants were with him.
23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his sword drawn in his hand; and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field. Balaam struck the ass, to turn her back into the way.
24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.
25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, the ass jumped against the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall; and he struck her again.
26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.
27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam; and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the ass with his staff.
28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?"1
29 And Balaam said to the ass, "Because you have mocked me. I would there were a sword in my hand for now would I kill you."
30 And the ass said to Balaam, "Am not I your ass, upon which you have ridden ever since I was yours to this day? Was I ever known to do so to you?" And he said, "No."
31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand; and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
32 And the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why have you struck your ass these three times? Behold, I went out to withstand you, because your way is perverse before me.
33 The ass saw me and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I would have slain you and saved her alive."
34 And Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned for I did not know not that you stood in the way against me; now therefore, if it displeases you, I will go back again."
35 And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but only the word that I shall speak to you, that you shall speak." So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
36 And when Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to meet him to a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the outer most border.
37 And Balak said to Balaam, "Did I not earnestly send to you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able indeed to promote you to honor?"
38 And Balaam said to Balak, "I have come to you; do I now have any power at all to say anything? Only the word that God puts in my mouth, that shall I speak."
39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kirjathhuzoth.
40 And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam and to the princes that were with him.
41 And it came to pass on the next day, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that there he might see the furthest part of the people [of Israel].
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1 And Balaam said to Balak, "Build me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven oxen and seven rams."
2 Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.
3 Balaam said to Balak, "Stand by your burnt offering, and I will leave [to wait on the Lord]. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me: and whatever he shows me I will tell you. And he went to a barren height.
4 God met Balaam, and Balaam said to him, "I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram."
5 And the LORD put a parable of his word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."
6 And Balaam returned to Balak, who stood by his burnt sacrifice, along with all the princes of Moab.
7 And Balaam began to speak his parable, saying, "Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying,'Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, defy Israel.'
8 How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? Or how shall I defy, whom the LORD has not defied?
9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him [Jacob]; look, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be considered as being among the nations.
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!"
11 And Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I received you to curse my enemies, and, behold, you have blessed them completely."
12 And Balaam answered saying, "Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD has put in my mouth?"
13 And Balak said to him, "Come, I beg of you; come with me to another place from where you may see them. You shall only see but the outer most part of them and not see them all; but then curse them for me from there.
14 And he brought him into the field of Zophim to the top of Mount Pisgah [or Nebo], and he built seven altars, offering a bullock and a ram on every altar.
15 And he said to Balak, "Stand here by your burnt offering, while I meet the LORD over there."
16 And the LORD met Balaam and put a parable of his word in Balaam's mouth, telling him, "Go again to Balak and say thus."
17 And when Balaam came to Balak, he stood by his burnt offering, along with the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, "What has the LORD spoken?"
18 And Balaam began to speak his parable, saying, "Rise up, Balak, and hear; listen to me, you son of Zippor."
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should change his mind; has God not already spoken, and shall he not do it? Or has he spoken, and shall he fail to make it good?
20 Behold, I have received a commandment to bless; and he has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
21 He has not seen iniquity in Jacob, neither has he seen perverseness in Israel; the LORD his God is with Jacob, and the shout of praise to their King [the Lord, who is Jesus] is heard among Israel.
22 God brought them out of Egypt; he [Jacob] has the strength of an wild ox.
23 Surely there is no enchantment possible against Jacob, neither is there any divination or curse possible against Israel; according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'What has God created!'
24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion; he shall not lie down until he eats of the prey, and drinks the blood of the slain."
25 And Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all."
26 But Balaam answered and said to Balak, "Did I not tell you, saying, "All that the LORD speaks, that I must do?"
27 And Balak said to Balaam, "Come, I beg of you, I will bring you to another place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there."
28 And Balak brought Balaam to the top of Peor, that looks toward Jeshimon.
29 And Balaam said to Balak, "Build me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bullocks and seven rams."
30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.
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|Numbers 24 |
1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not depart like the two previous times to seek for the Lord's approval for enchantments [curses], but he looked toward the wilderness.
2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.
3 And he took up his parable, and said, "Balaam, the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said:
4 He who has heard the words of God, who saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, while having his eyes open:
5 'How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, and your dwellings, O Israel!
6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lignaloes that the LORD has planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.
7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he has the strength of an wild ox. He shall eat up the nations of his enemies; and he shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.
9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion; who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesses you, and cursed is he that curses you.'"
10 And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together said to Balaam, "I called you to curse my enemies, and, behold, you have completely blessed them these three times.
11 Therefore now flee you to your place. I planned to promote you to great honor; but, lo, the LORD has kept you back from honor."
12 And Balaam said to Balak, "Did I not also advise your messengers whom you sent to me, by saying,
13 'If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad by my own mind; only what the LORD has said, that I will speak?'
14 And now, behold, I go to my people. Come therefore, and I will advise you what this people shall do to your people in the coming days."
15 And he took up his parable, and said, "Balaam, the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eyes are open has said.
16 He has said, who heard the words of God and knew the knowledge of the most High, who saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, while having his eyes open:
17 'I shall see him, but not now. I shall behold him, but not near. There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
18 And Edom shall be a possession, and Seir shall also be a possession; both were his [Jacob's] enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.
19 Out of Jacob he shall come who shall have dominion, and he shall destroy all who remain in the city.'"
20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, "Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perishes forever."
21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, "Strong is your dwelling place, and you put your nest in a rock.
22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry you away captive."
23 And he took up his parable, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God does this!
24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish forever."
25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.1
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