Then Balak said to him, "Come with me to another place4 where you can see them; you will see only a part but not all of them.5 And from there, curse them for me.6"
So he took him to the field of Zophim on the top of Pisgah,7 and there he built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.815
Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your offering while I meet with him over there."
The LORD met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth9 and said, "Go back to Balak and give him this message."
So he went to him and found him standing beside his offering, with the princes of Moab.10 Balak asked him, "What did the LORD say?"
Then he uttered his oracle:11 "Arise, Balak, and listen; hear me, son of Zippor.1219
God is not a man,13 that he should lie,14 nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.15 Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise16 and not fulfill?
I have received a command to bless;17 he has blessed,18 and I cannot change it.1921
"No misfortune is seen in Jacob,20 no misery observed in Israel.a21 The LORD their God is with them;22 the shout of the King23 is among them.
God brought them out of Egypt;24 they have the strength of a wild ox.2523
There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination26 against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'See what God has done!'
The people rise like a lioness;27 they rouse themselves like a lion28 that does not rest till he devours his prey and drinks the blood29 of his victims."
Then Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!"
Balaam answered, "Did I not tell you I must do whatever the LORD says?"30
Then Balak said to Balaam, "Come, let me take you to another place.31 Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me32 from there."
And Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor,33 overlooking the wasteland.
Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.34