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Numbers 23:1-10 (New International Version)

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Balaam's First Oracle

1 Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams1 for me." 2 Balak did as Balaam said, and the two of them offered a bull and a ram on each altar.2 3 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your offering while I go aside. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet with me.3 Whatever he reveals to me I will tell you." Then he went off to a barren height. 4 God met with him,4 and Balaam said, "I have prepared seven altars, and on each altar I have offered a bull and a ram. 5 The LORD put a message in Balaam's mouth56 and said, "Go back to Balak and give him this message."7 6 So he went back to him and found him standing beside his offering, with all the princes of Moab.8 7 Then Balaam9 uttered his oracle:10 "Balak brought me from Aram,11 the king of Moab from the eastern mountains.12 'Come,' he said, 'curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.'13 8 How can I curse those whom God has not cursed?14 How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?15 9 From the rocky peaks I see them, from the heights I view them.16 I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations.17 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob18 or number the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous,19 and may my end be like theirs!20"
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