|Numbers 22:21-33 |
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."
1 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?" In his Journal, George Fox said his era's ministers' spiritual progress was less than that of Balaam's ass because the ass spoke the Word of the Lord, but the ministers could not even hear the Lord's voice, much less speak the Word of the Lord; they could only quote the Bible; exactly like the ministers today.