Balak Sends for Balaam
2 ¶ Now aBalak░ the son░ of Zippor░ saw░ all░ that Israel░ had done░ to the Amorites░. 3 aSo Moab░ was in great░ fear░ because░░ of the people░, for they were numerous░; and Moab░ was in dread░ of the sons░ of Israel░. 4 Moab░ said░ to the elders░ of aMidian░, “Now░ this Ihorde░ will lick░ up all░ that is around░ us, as the ox░ licks░ up the grass░ of the field░.” And Balak░ the son░ of Zippor░ was king░ of Moab░ at that time░. 5 So he sent░ messengers░ to aBalaam░ the son░ of Beor░, at bPethor░, which░ is near░ the IRiver░, [in] the land░ of the sons░ of his people░, to call░ him, saying░, “Behold░, a people░ came░ out of Egypt░; behold░, they cover░ the surface░ of the land░, and they are living░ opposite░░ me. 6 aNow░, therefore, please░ come░, bcurse░ this░ people░ for me since░ they are too░ Imighty░ for me; perhaps░ I may be able░ to IIdefeat░ them and drive░ them out of the land░. For I know░ that he whom░ you bless░ is blessed░, and he whom░ you curse░ is cursed░.”
 aJg 11:25
 aEx 15:15
 ILit assembly aNu 25:15-18; 31:1-3
 II.e. Euphrates aJsh 24:9; 2P 2:15f; Jde 11 bDt 23:4
 IOr numerous IILit smite aNu 22:17; 23:7, 8 bNu 22:12; 24:9
7 ¶ So the elders░ of Moab░ and the elders░ of Midian░ departed░ with the [fees for] adivination░ in their hand░; and they came░ to Balaam░ and Irepeated░ Balak’s░ words░ to him. 8 He said░ to them, “Spend░ the night░ here░, and I will bring░ word░ back░ to you as the LORD░ may speak░ to me.” And the leaders░ of Moab░ stayed░ with Balaam░. 9 Then aGod░ came░ to Balaam░ and said░, “Who░ are these░ men░ with you?” 10 Balaam░ said░ to God░, “Balak░ the son░ of Zippor░, king░ of Moab░, has sent░ [word] to me, 11 ‘Behold░, there is a people░ who came░ out of Egypt░ and they cover░ the surface░ of the land░; now░ come░, curse░ them for me; perhaps░ I may be able░ to fight░ against them and drive░ them out.’” 12 God░ said░ to Balaam░, “Do not go░ with them; ayou shall not curse░ the people░, for they bare blessed░.” 13 So Balaam░ arose░ in the morning░ and said░ to Balak’s░ leaders░, “Go░ back░ to your land░, for the LORD░ has refused░ to let░ me go░ with you.” 14 The leaders░ of Moab░ arose░ and went░ to Balak░ and said░, “Balaam░ refused░ to come░ with us.”
15 ¶ Then Balak░ again░░ sent░ leaders░, more░ numerous░ and more░ distinguished░ than░ Ithe former░. 16 They came░ to Balaam░ and said░ to him, “Thus░ says░ Balak░ the son░ of Zippor░, ‘Let nothing░, I beg░ you, hinder░ you from coming░ to me; 17 for I will indeed░ honor░ you richly░, and I will do░ whatever░░ you say░ to me. aPlease░ come░ then, curse░ this░ people░ for me.’” 18 Balaam░ replied░ to the servants░ of Balak░, “aThough░ Balak░ were to give░ me his house░ full░ of silver░ and gold░, I could░ not do░ anything, either small░ or░ great░, contrary░ to the Icommand░ of the LORD░ my God░. 19 Now░ please░, you also░ stay░ here░ tonight░, and I will find░ out what░ else░ the LORD░ will speak░ to me.” 20 God░ came░ to Balaam░ at night░ and said░ to him, “If░ the men░ have come░ to call░ you, rise░ up [and] go░ with them; but aonly░ the word░ which░ I speak░ to you shall you do░.”
 ILit these
 aNu 22:6
 ILit mouth aNu 22:38; 24:13; 1K 22:14; 2Ch 18:13
 aNu 22:35; 23:5, 12, 16, 26; 24:13
The Angel and Balaam
22 But God░ was angry░░ because░ he was going░, aand the angel░ of the LORD░ took░ his stand░ in the way░ as an adversary░ against him. Now he was riding░ on his donkey░ and his two░ servants░ were with him. 23 When the donkey░ saw░ the angel░ of the LORD░ standing░ in the way░ with his drawn░ sword░ in his hand░, the donkey░ turned░ off from the way░ and went░ into the field░; but Balaam░ struck░ the donkey░ to turn░ her back░ into the way░. 24 Then the angel░ of the LORD░ stood░ in a narrow░ path░ of the vineyards░, [with] a wall░ on this░ side░ and a wall░ on that side░. 25 When the donkey░ saw░ the angel░ of the LORD░, she pressed░ herself to the wall░ and pressed░ Balaam’s░ foot░ against░ the wall░, so he struck░ her again░. 26 The angel░ of the LORD░ went░ further░, and stood░ in a narrow░ place░ where░ there░ was no░ way░ to turn░ to the right░ hand░ or the left░. 27 When the donkey░ saw░ the angel░ of the LORD░, she lay░ down░ under░ Balaam░; so aBalaam░ was angry░░ and struck░ the donkey░ with his stick░. 28 And athe LORD░ opened░ the mouth░ of the donkey░, and she said░ to Balaam░, “What░ have I done░ to you, that you have struck░ me these░ three░ times░?” 29 Then Balaam░ said░ to the donkey░, “Because░ you have made░ a mockery░ of me! If░ there░ had░ been░ a sword░ in my hand░, aI would have killed░ you by now░.” 30 The donkey░ said░ to Balaam░, “Am I not your donkey░ on which░ you have ridden░ all░░ your life░ to this░ day░? Have I ever░ been accustomed░ to do░ so░ to you?” And he said░, “No░.”
31 ¶ Then the LORD░ opened░ the eyes░ of Balaam░, and he saw░ athe angel░ of the LORD░ standing░ in the way░ with his drawn░ sword░ in his hand░; and he bowed░ Iall the way░ to the ground░. 32 The angel░ of the LORD░ said░ to him, “Why░░ have you struck░ your donkey░ these░ three░ times░? Behold░, I have come░ out as an adversary░, because░ your way░ was Iacontrary░ to me. 33 But the donkey░ saw░ me and turned░ aside░ from me these░ three░ times░. If░ she had not turned░ aside░ from me, I would surely░ have killed░ you just now░, and let her live░.” 34 Balaam░ said░ to the angel░ of the LORD░, “aI have sinned░, for I did not know░ that you were standing░ in the way░ against░ me. Now░ then, if░ it is displeasing░ to you, I will turn░ back░.” 35 But the angel░ of the LORD░ said░ to Balaam░, “Go░ with the men░, but ayou shall speak░ only░ the word░ which░ I Itell░ you.” So Balaam░ went░ along with the leaders░ of Balak░.
 ILit and prostrated himself to his face aJsh 5:13-15
 ILit reckless a2P 2:15
 aNu 14:40
 IOr speak to aNu 22:20
36 ¶ When Balak░ heard░ that Balaam░ was coming░, he went░ out to meet░ him at the city░ of Moab░, which░ is on the Arnon░ border░, Iat the extreme░ end░ of the border░. 37 Then Balak░ said░ to Balaam░, “Did I not urgently░ send░ to you to call░ you? Why░ did you not come░ to me? Am I really░ unable░░ to honor░ you?” 38 So Balaam░ said░ to Balak░, “Behold░, I have come░ now░ to you! aAm I able░ to speak░ anything░ at all? The word░ that God░ puts░ in my mouth░, that I shall speak░.” 39 And Balaam░ went░ with Balak░, and they came░ to Kiriath-huzoth░. 40 Balak░ sacrificed░ oxen░ and sheep░, and sent░ [some] to Balaam░ and the leaders░ who░ were with him.
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Balak's first message for Balaam is refused.
2 ¶ And Balak║ the son║ of Zippor║ saw║¬▓ all▓ that▓ Israel║ had done║¬ to the Amorites.║ 3 And Moab║ was sore╣ afraid║¬▓ of║▓ the people,║ because▓ they▓ [were] many:║ and Moab║ was distressed║¬ because▓▓ of╣ the children║ of Israel.║ 4 And Moab║ said║¬ unto▓ the elders║ of Midian,║ Now▓ shall this company║ lick up║¬▓ all▓ [that are] round about║ us, as the ox║ licketh up║¬▓ the grass║ of the field.║ And Balak║ the son║ of Zippor║ [was] king║ of the Moabites║ at that▓ time.║ 5 He sent║¬ messengers║ therefore unto▓ Balaam║ the son║ of Beor║ to Pethor,║ which▓ [is] by▓ the river║ of the land║ of the children║ of his people,║ to call║¬ him, saying,║¬ Behold,▓ there is a people║ come out║¬ from Egypt:║▓ behold,▓ they cover║¬▓ the face║ of the earth,║ and they▓ abide║¬ over against║▓ me: 6 Come╣¬▓ now▓ therefore, I pray thee,▓ curse║¬ me▓ this▓ people;║ for▓ they▓ [are] too mighty╣ for▓▓ me: peradventure▓ I shall prevail,║¬ [that] we may smite║¬ them, and [that] I may drive them out║¬ of▓ the land:║ for▓ I wot║¬▓ that he whom▓ thou blessest║¬ [is] blessed,║¬ and he whom▓ thou cursest║¬ is cursed.║¬ 7 And the elders║ of Moab║ and the elders║ of Midian║ departed╣¬▓ with the rewards of divination║ in their hand;║ and they came║¬ unto▓ Balaam,║ and spake║¬ unto▓ him the words║ of Balak.║ 8 And he said║¬ unto▓ them, Lodge║¬ here▓ this night,║ and I will bring║¬ you word║ again,╣¬ as▓ the LORD║ shall speak║¬ unto▓ me: and the princes║ of Moab║ abode║¬ with▓ Balaam.║ 9 And God║ came║¬ unto▓ Balaam,║ and said,║¬ What▓ men╣▓ [are] these▓ with▓ thee? 10 And Balaam║ said║¬ unto▓ God,║ Balak║ the son║ of Zippor,║ king║ of Moab,║ hath sent║¬ unto▓ me, [saying], 11 Behold,▓ [there is] a people║ come out║¬ of Egypt,║▓ which covereth║¬▓ the face║ of the earth:║ come╣¬▓ now,▓ curse║¬ me them; peradventure▓ I shall be able║¬ to overcome║¬ them, and drive them out.║¬ 12 And God║ said║¬ unto▓ Balaam,║ Thou shalt not▓ go╣¬▓ with▓ them; thou shalt not▓ curse║¬▓ the people:║ for▓ they▓ [are] blessed.║¬ 13 And Balaam║ rose up║¬ in the morning,║ and said║¬ unto▓ the princes║ of Balak,║ Get╣¬▓ you into▓ your land:║ for▓ the LORD║ refuseth║¬ to give me leave║¬ to go║¬ with▓ you. 14 And the princes║ of Moab║ rose up,║¬ and they went║¬ unto▓ Balak,║ and said,║¬ Balaam║ refuseth║¬ to come║¬ with▓ us.
 Nu 21:3, 20; Jg 11:25.
 Ex 15:15; Dt 2:25; Jsh 2:10, 24; 9:24; Ps 53:5; Is 23:5.
 Nu 22:2, 7; 24:17; 25:15; 31:8; Jsh 13:21; Jg 11:25; Jr 48:38.
 Gn 13:16; Ex 1:7; Nu 23:7; Dt 23:4; Jsh 13:22; 24:9; Ne 13:1; Ps 105:24; Mi 6:5; 2P 2:15; Jde 1:11; Rv 2:14.
 Gn 12:3; 27:29; Nu 23:7; 24:9; Dt 23:4; Jsh 24:9; 1S 17:43; 1K 22:6, 8, 13; Ne 13:2; Ps 109:17, 28; Pv 26:2; Is 47:12; Ezk 13:6; Ac 8:9; 16:16.
 1S 9:7; Is 56:11; Ezk 13:19; Mi 3:11; Ro 16:18; 1Ti 6:9; Tit 1:11; 2P 2:15; Jde 1:11.
 Nu 12:6; 22:19; 23:12; Jr 12:2; Ezk 33:31.
 Gn 3:9; 4:9; 16:8; 20:3; 31:24; 41:25; Ex 4:2; Nu 22:20; 2K 20:14; Dn 2:45; 4:31; Mt 7:22; 24:24; Jn 11:51.
 Nu 22:4.
 Nu 22:11.
 Gn 12:2; 22:16; Nu 22:19, 20; 23:3, 13, 19, 20, 23; Dt 23:5; 33:29; Jb 33:15; Ps 144:15; 146:5; Mi 6:5; Mt 27:19; Ro 4:6; 11:29; Ep 1:3.
 Nu 22:14; Dt 23:5.
 Nu 22:13, 37.
His second message obtaineth him.
15 ¶ And Balak║ sent║¬ yet▓ again║¬ princes,║ more,║ and more honourable║¬ than they.▓▓ 16 And they came║¬ to▓ Balaam,║ and said║¬ to him, Thus▓ saith║¬ Balak║ the son║ of Zippor,║ Let nothing,▓ I pray thee,▓ hinder║¬ thee from coming║¬▓ unto▓ me: 17 For▓ I will promote╣¬ thee unto very╣ great╣¬ honour,║¬▓ and I will do║¬ whatsoever▓▓ thou sayest║¬ unto▓ me: come╣¬▓ therefore, I pray thee,▓ curse║¬ me▓ this▓ people.║ 18 And Balaam║ answered║¬ and said║¬ unto▓ 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 pray you,▓ tarry║¬ ye▓ also▓ here▓ this night,║ that I may know║¬ what▓ the LORD║ will say║¬ unto▓ me more.║¬ 20 And God║ came║¬ unto▓ Balaam║ at night,║ and said║¬ unto him, If▓ the men╣▓ come║¬ to call║¬ thee, rise up,║¬ [and] go╣¬▓ with▓ them; but yet║▓ the word║ which▓ I shall say║¬ unto▓ thee, that shalt thou do.║¬ 21 And Balaam║ rose up║¬ in the morning,║ and saddled║¬▓ his ass,║ and went╣¬▓ with▓ the princes║ of Moab.║
 Nu 22:7; Ac 10:7.
 Nu 22:16.
 Nu 22:6; 23:2, 29; 24:11; Dt 16:9; Es 5:11; 7:9; Mt 4:8; 14:7; 16:26.
 Nu 23:26; 24:13; 1K 22:14; 2Ch 18:13; Dn 5:17; Ac 8:20; Tit 1:16.
 Nu 22:7; 1Ti 6:9; 2P 2:3, 15; Jde 1:11.
 Nu 22:9, 35; 23:12, 26; 24:13; 1S 8:5; 12:12; Ps 33:10; 78:30; 81:12; Is 37:29; Ezk 14:2; Ho 13:11; 2Th 2:9.
 Pv 1:15.
An angel would have slain him, if his ass had not saved him.
22 ¶ And God's║ anger║ was kindled║¬ because▓ he▓ went:║¬ and the angel║ of the LORD║ stood║¬ in the way║ for an adversary║ against him. Now he▓ was riding║¬ upon▓ his ass,║ and his two║ servants║ [were] with▓ him. 23 And the ass║ saw║¬▓ the angel║ of the LORD║ standing║¬ in the way,║ and his sword║ drawn║¬ in his hand:║ and the ass║ turned aside║¬ out of▓ the way,║ and went╣¬▓ into the field:║ and Balaam║ smote║¬▓ the ass,║ to turn║¬ her 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,║ she thrust╣¬ herself▓ unto▓ the wall,║ and crushed║¬▓ Balaam's║ foot║ against▓ the wall:║ and he smote║¬ her again.║¬ 26 And the angel║ of the LORD║ went║¬ further,║¬ and stood║¬ in a narrow║ place,║ where▓ [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 smote║¬▓ the ass║ with a staff.║ 28 And the LORD║ opened║¬▓ the mouth║ of the ass,║ and she said║¬ unto Balaam,║ What▓ have I done║¬ unto thee, that▓ thou hast smitten║¬ me these▓ three║ times?║ 29 And Balaam║ said║¬ unto the ass,║ Because▓ thou hast mocked║¬ me: I would║ there were║ a sword║ in mine hand,║ for▓ now▓ would I kill║¬ thee. 30 And the ass║ said║¬ unto▓ Balaam,║ [Am] not▓ I▓ thine ass,║ upon▓ which▓ thou hast ridden║¬ ever since▓▓ [I was] thine unto▓ this▓ day?║ was I ever╣¬ wont║¬ to do▓ so╣¬▓ unto thee? And he said,║¬ Nay.▓ 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║¬ unto▓ him, Wherefore▓▓ hast thou smitten║¬▓ thine ass║ these▓ three║ times?║ behold,▓ I▓ went out║¬ to withstand║ thee, because▓ [thy] way║ is perverse║¬ before▓ me: 33 And the ass║ saw║¬ me, and turned║¬ from▓ me╣ these▓ three║ times:║ unless║ she had turned║¬ from▓▓ me,╣ surely▓ now▓ also▓ I had slain║¬ thee, and saved her alive.║¬▓ 34 And Balaam║ said║¬ unto▓ the angel║ of the LORD,║ I have sinned;║¬ for▓ I knew║¬ not▓ that▓ thou▓ stoodest║¬ in the way║ against║¬ me: now▓ therefore, if▓ it displease▓▓ thee,╣¬╣ I will get me back again.║¬ 35 And the angel║ of the LORD║ said║¬ unto▓ Balaam,║ Go╣¬▓ with▓ the men:╣▓ but only║▓ the word║ that▓ I shall speak║¬ unto▓ thee, that thou shalt speak.║¬ So Balaam║ went╣¬▓ with▓ the princes║ of Balak.║
 Gn 48:15; Ex 3:2; 4:24; Nu 22:32, 35; 2K 10:20; Lm 2:4; Ho 1:4; 12:4.
 2K 6:17; 1Ch 21:16; Jr 8:7; Dn 10:7; Ac 22:9; 1Co 1:27; 2P 2:16; Jde 1:11.
 Jb 5:13; Is 47:12.
 Is 26:11; Ho 2:6.
 Pv 14:16; 27:3.
 Ex 4:11; Lk 1:37; Ro 8:22; 1Co 1:19; 2P 2:16.
 Pv 12:10, 16; Ec 9:3.
 1Co 1:27; 2P 2:16.
 Gn 21:19; Ex 34:8; Nu 24:4, 16; 2K 6:17; 1Ch 21:16; Ps 9:20; Lk 24:16, 31; Jn 18:6; Ac 26:18.
 Ex 3:2; Nu 22:20, 22, 28, 35; Dt 23:4; 25:4; Ps 36:6; 145:9; 147:9; Pv 14:2; 28:6, 18; Jna 4:11; Mi 6:5; Ac 13:10; 2P 2:14.
 Nu 14:37; 16:33; 1K 13:24.
 Ex 9:27; 10:16; Nu 11:1; 22:12; 1S 15:24, 30; 24:17; 26:21; 2S 12:13; 1Ch 21:7; Jb 34:31; Ps 78:34; Pv 24:18; Mt 27:4.
 Nu 22:20; Ps 81:12; Is 37:26; 2Th 2:9.
Balak entertaineth him.
36 ¶ And when Balak║ heard║¬ that▓ Balaam║ was come,║¬ he went out║¬ to meet║¬ him unto▓ a city║ of Moab,║ which▓ [is] in▓ the border║ of Arnon,║ which▓ [is] in the utmost║ coast.║ 37 And Balak║ said║¬ unto▓ Balaam,║ Did I not▓ earnestly╣¬ send║¬ unto▓ thee to call║¬ thee? wherefore▓ camest║¬ thou not▓ unto▓ me? am I not able║¬▓ indeed║ to promote thee to honour?║¬ 38 And Balaam║ said║¬ unto▓ Balak,║ Lo,▓ I am come║¬ unto▓ thee: have I now▓ any power╣¬ at all║¬ to say║¬ any thing?║ the word║ that▓ God║ putteth║¬ in my mouth,║ that shall I speak.║¬ 39 And Balaam║ went╣¬▓ with▓ Balak,║ and they came║¬ unto 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 morrow,║ that Balak║ took║¬▓ Balaam,║ and brought him up║¬ into the high places║ of Baal,╣▓ that thence▓▓ he might see║¬ the utmost║ [part] of the people.║
 Gn 14:17; 18:2; 46:29; Ex 18:7; Nu 21:13; Dt 2:24; 3:8; Jg 11:18; 1S 13:10; Is 16:2; Jr 48:20; Ac 28:15.
 Nu 22:16; 24:11; Ps 75:6; Mt 4:8; Lk 4:6; Jn 5:44.
 Nu 22:18; 23:16, 26; 24:13; 1K 22:14; 2Ch 18:13; Ps 33:10; 76:10; Pv 19:21; Is 44:25; 46:10; 47:12.
 Nu 22:39.
 Gn 31:54; Nu 23:2, 14, 30; Pv 1:16.
 Nu 21:19; 23:13; 25:2; Dt 12:2; 2Ch 11:15; Jr 48:35.
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