and Moab was terrified because there were so many people. Indeed, Moab was filled with dread1 because of the Israelites.
The Moabites2 said to the elders of Midian,3 "This horde is going to lick up everything4 around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.5" So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,
sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor,6 who was at Pethor, near the River,a7 in his native land. Balak said: "A people has come out of Egypt;8 they cover the face of the land and have settled next to me.