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The Prophecies of Balaam

1 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here.” 2 Balak did just as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaam offered up a bull and a ram on each altar. 3 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you.” So he went to a bare hill.

4 ¶ Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.” 5 Then the LORD aput a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.” 6 So he returned to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, he and all the leaders of Moab. 7 He took up his Idiscourse and said,
  “From aAram Balak has brought me,
  Moab’s king from the mountains of the East,
  ‘bCome curse Jacob for me,
  And come, denounce Israel!’
  8aHow shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
  And how can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
  9 “As I see him from the top of the rocks,
  And I look at him from the hills;
  aBehold, a people [who] dwells apart,
  And will not be reckoned among the nations.
  10aWho can count the dust of Jacob,
  Or number the fourth part of Israel?
  bLet Ime die the death of the upright,
  cAnd let my end be like his!”

[5] aNu 22:20; Dt 18:18; Jr 1:9
[7] ILit parable aNu 22:5; Dt 23:4 bNu 22:6
[8] aNu 22:12
[9] aDt 32:8; 33:28
[10] ILit my soul aGn 13:16; 28:14 bIs 57:1 cPs 37:37

11 ¶ Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? aI took you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have actually blessed them!” 12 He replied, “Must I not be careful to speak awhat the LORD puts in my mouth?”

[11] aNe 13:2
[12] aNu 22:20

13 ¶ Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from where you may see them, although you will only see the extreme end of them and will not see all of them; and curse them for me from there.” 14 So he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on [each] altar. 15 And he said to Balak, “Stand here beside your burnt offering while I myself meet [the LORD] over there.” 16 Then the LORD met Balaam and aput a word in his mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.” 17 He came to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the leaders of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, “What has the LORD spoken?” 18 Then he took up his Idiscourse and said,
  “Arise, O Balak, and hear;
  Give ear to me, O son of Zippor!
  19aGod is not a man, that He should lie,
  Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
  bHas He said, and will He not do it?
  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
  20 “Behold, I have received [a command] to bless;
  aWhen He has blessed, then bI cannot revoke it.
  21aHe has not observed Imisfortune in Jacob;
  bNor has He seen trouble in Israel;
  cThe LORD his God is with him,
  dAnd the shout of a king is among them.
  22aGod brings them out of Egypt,
  He is for them like the bhorns of the wild ox.
  23aFor there is no omen against Jacob,
  Nor is there any divination against Israel;
  At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob
  And to Israel, what God has done!
  24aBehold, a people rises like a lioness,
  And as a lion it lifts itself;
  It will not lie down until it devours the prey,
  And drinks the blood of the slain.”

[16] aNu 22:20
[18] ILit parable
[19] a1S 15:29 bIs 40:8; 55:11
[20] aGn 12:2; 22:17; Nu 22:12 bIs 43:13
[21] IOr iniquity aNu 14:18, 19, 34; Ps 32:2, 5 bDt 9:24; 32:5; Jr 50:20 cEx 3:12; Dt 31:23 dDt 33:5; Ps 89:15-18
[22] aNu 24:8 bDt 33:17
[23] aNu 22:7; 24:1; Jsh 13:22
[24] aGn 49:9; Na 2:11, 12

25 ¶ Then Balak said to Balaam, “Do not curse them at all nor bless them at all!” 26 But Balaam replied to Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘IaWhatever the LORD speaks, that I must do’?”

[26] ILit saying, Whatever aNu 22:18

27 ¶ Then Balak said to Balaam, “Please come, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will be Iagreeable with God that you curse them for me from there.” 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor which overlooks the Iwasteland. 29 Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here.” 30 Balak did just as Balaam had said, and offered up a bull and a ram on [each] altar.

[27] ILit right in the sight of God
[28] IOr Jeshimon


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Balak's sacrifice.

1 ¶ And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams. 2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on [every] altar a bullock and a ram. 3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to an high place. 4 And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon [every] altar a bullock and a ram. 5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak. 6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.

[1] Ex 20:24; 27:1; Nu 23:29; 29:32; 1S 15:22; 2K 18:22; 1Ch 15:26; 2Ch 29:21; Jb 42:8; Ps 50:8; Pv 15:8; Is 1:11; Ezk 33:31; 45:23; Mt 23:14; Jde 1:11.
[2] Nu 23:14, 30.
[3] Gn 8:20; 22:2, 7, 13; Ex 18:12; Lv 1:1; Nu 22:8, 31; 23:15; 24:1.
[4] Nu 22:9, 20; 23:1, 16; Is 58:3; Mt 20:12; Lk 18:12; Jn 16:2; Ro 3:27; Ep 2:9.
[5] Nu 22:35; 23:16; Dt 18:18; Pv 16:1, 9; Is 51:16; 59:21; Jr 1:9; Lk 12:12; Jn 11:51.
[6] Nu 23:3.

Balaam's parables.

7 And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, [saying], Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. 8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, [whom] the LORD hath not defied? 9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned 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 unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed [them] altogether. 12 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?

[7] Gn 10:22; 28:2, 7; Nu 22:5, 6, 11, 17; 23:18; 24:2, 3, 15, 23; Dt 23:4; 1S 17:10, 25, 36, 45; 2S 21:21; 23:9; Jb 27:1; 29:1; Ps 78:2; Pv 26:2; Ezk 17:2; 20:49; Mi 2:4; Hab 2:6; Mt 13:33, 35; Mk 12:12.
[8] Nu 23:20, 23; Is 44:25; 47:12.
[9] Ex 19:5; 33:16; Dt 32:8; 33:28; Ezr 9:2; Es 3:8; Jr 46:28; Am 9:9; Ro 15:8; 2Co 6:17; Ep 2:12; Tit 2:14; 1P 2:9.
[10] Gn 13:16; 22:17; 28:14; Nu 2:9, 16, 24, 31; Ps 37:37; 116:15; Pv 14:32; Is 57:1; Lk 2:29; 1Co 3:21; 15:53; 2Co 5:1; Php 1:21; 2Ti 4:6; 2P 1:13; Rv 14:13.
[11] Nu 22:11, 17; 23:7; 24:10; Ps 109:17.
[12] Nu 22:38; 23:20, 26; 24:13; Pv 26:25; Ro 16:18; Tit 1:16.

Balak's sacrifice.

13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.

[13] Nu 22:41; Jsh 24:9; 1K 20:23, 28; Ps 109:17; Mi 6:5; Jm 3:9.

14 ¶ And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on [every] altar. 15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet [the LORD] yonder. 16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus. 17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?

[14] Nu 21:20; 23:1, 29; Dt 3:27; 4:49; 34:1; Is 1:10; 46:6; Ho 12:11.
[15] Nu 22:8; 23:3.
[16] Nu 22:35; 23:5; 24:1.
[17] Nu 23:26; 1S 3:17; Jr 37:17.

Balaam's parables.

18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: 19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 20 Behold, I have received [commandment] to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God [is] with him, and the shout of a king [is] among them. 22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. 23 Surely [there is] no enchantment against Jacob, neither [is there] any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! 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 eat [of] the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

[18] Jg 3:20.
[19] 1S 15:29; 1Ch 17:17; Ps 89:35; Mi 7:20; Hab 2:3; Mal 3:6; Lk 21:33; Ro 11:29; Tit 1:2; He 6:18; Jm 1:17.
[20] Gn 12:2; 22:17; Nu 22:12, 18, 38; Jn 10:27; Ro 8:38; 1P 1:5.
[21] Ex 13:21; 29:45; 33:14; 34:9; Jg 6:13; 2Ch 13:12; Ps 23:4; 46:7, 11; 47:5; 89:15, 18; 97:1; 103:12; 118:15; Is 1:18; 8:10; 12:6; 33:22; 38:17; 41:10; Jr 50:20; Ezk 48:35; Ho 14:2; Mi 7:18; Mt 1:23; Lk 19:37; Ro 4:7; 6:14; 8:1; 2Co 2:14; 5:19; 6:16.
[22] Ex 9:16; 14:18; 20:2; Nu 22:5; 24:8; Dt 33:17; Jb 39:10; Ps 22:21; 68:35.
[23] Gn 3:15; Nu 22:6; 24:1; Ps 31:19; 44:1; 64:9; 126:2; 136:13; Is 41:4; 63:9; Dn 9:15; Mi 6:4; 7:15; Mt 12:25, 27; 16:18; Lk 10:18; Jn 11:47; Ac 4:16; 5:12, 14; 10:38; 15:12; Ro 16:20; Ga 1:23; 1Th 1:8; Rv 12:9.
[24] Gn 49:9, 27; Nu 24:8, 17; Dt 33:20; Ps 17:12; Pv 30:30; Is 31:4; Dn 2:44; Am 3:8; Mi 5:8; Zc 10:4; 12:6; Rv 5:5; 19:11.

25 ¶ And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all. 26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?

[25] Ps 2:1.
[26] Nu 22:18, 38; 23:12; 24:12; 1K 22:14; 2Ch 18:13; Ac 4:19; 5:29.

27 ¶ And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.

[27] Nu 23:13, 19; Jb 23:13; Pv 19:21; 21:30; Is 14:27; 46:10; Mal 3:6; Ro 11:29.

Balak's sacrifice.

28 And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon. 29 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare 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.

[28] Nu 21:20.
[29] Nu 23:1.


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