Numbers 23 CSB

Balaam's Oracles

1 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."

References for Numbers 23:1

      2 So Balak did as Balaam directed, and they offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
      3 Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone. Maybe the Lord a will meet with me. I will tell you whatever He reveals to me." So he went to a barren hill.

      References for Numbers 23:3

        • a 23:3 - DSS, LXX, Sam read Maybe God
          4 Godb met with him and Balaam said to Him, "I have arranged seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

          References for Numbers 23:4

            • b 23:4 - DSS, Sam read The Angel of God
              5 Then the Lord put a message in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return to Balak and say what I tell you."
              6 So he returned to Balak, who was standing there by his burnt offering with all the officials of Moab.

              Balaam's First Oracle

              7 Balaam proclaimed his poem: Balak brought me from Aram;c the king of Moab, from the eastern mountains: "Come, put a curse on Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel!"d

              References for Numbers 23:7

                  8 How can I curse someone God has not cursed? How can I denounce someone the Lord has not denounced?
                  9 I see them from the top of rocky cliffs, and I watch them from the hills. There is a people living alone;e it does not consider itself among the nations.

                  References for Numbers 23:9

                      10 Who has counted the dust of Jacob or numbered the dust cloudsf of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright; let the end of my [life] be like theirs.

                      References for Numbers 23:10

                        • f 23:10 - Or numbered a fourth
                          11 "What have you done to me?" Balak asked Balaam. "I brought you to curse my enemies, but look, you have only blessed [them]!"
                          12 He answered, "Shouldn't I say exactly what the Lord puts in my mouth?"

                          Balaam's Second Oracle

                          13 Then Balak said to him, "Please come with me to another place where you can see them. You will only see the outskirts of their camp; you won't see all of them. From there, put a curse on them for me."

                          References for Numbers 23:13

                              14 So Balak took him to Lookout Fieldg on top of Pisgah, built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

                              References for Numbers 23:14

                                • g 23:14 - Or to the field of Zophim
                                  15 Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here by your burnt offering while I seek [the Lord] over there."
                                  16 The Lord met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth. Then He said, "Return to Balak and say what I tell you."
                                  17 So he returned to Balak, who was standing there by his burnt offering with the officials of Moab. Balak asked him, "What did the Lord say?"
                                  18 Balaam proclaimed his poem: Balak, get up and listen; son of Zippor, pay attention to what I say!
                                  19 God is not a man who lies, or a son of man who changes His mind. Does He speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?h

                                  References for Numbers 23:19

                                    • h 23:19 - 1 Sm 15:29; Rm 11:29; 2 Tm 2:13; Heb 6:17-18
                                      20 I have indeed received [a command] to bless; since He has blessed,i I cannot change it.

                                      References for Numbers 23:20

                                        • i 23:20 - Sam, LXX read since I will bless
                                          21 He considers no disaster for Jacob; He sees no trouble for Israel.j The Lord their God is with them, k and there is rejoicing over the King among them.

                                          References for Numbers 23:21

                                            • j 23:21 - Or He does not observe sin in Jacob; He does not see wrongdoing in Israel, or Disaster is not observed in Jacob; trouble is not seen in Israel
                                            • k 23:21 - Dt 2:7; 20:1; Jos 1:17; Zph 3:17; Rv 21:3
                                              22 God brought them out of Egypt; He is like the horns of a wild ox for them.l m

                                              References for Numbers 23:22

                                                • l 23:22 - Or Egypt; they have the horns of a wild ox
                                                • m 23:22 - Nm 24:8
                                                  23 There is no magic curse against Jacob and no divination against Israel. It will now be said about Jacob and Israel, "What [great things] God has done!"
                                                  24 A people rise up like a lioness; They rouse themselves like a lion.n They will not lie down until they devour the prey and drink the blood of the slain.

                                                  References for Numbers 23:24

                                                      25 Then Balak told Balaam, "Don't curse them and don't bless them!"
                                                      26 But Balaam answered him, "Didn't I tell you: Whatever the Lord says, I must do?"o

                                                      References for Numbers 23:26

                                                          Balaam's Third Oracle

                                                          27 Again Balak said to Balaam, "Please come. I will take you to another place. Maybe it will be agreeable to God that you can put a curse on them for me there."

                                                          References for Numbers 23:27

                                                              28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the wasteland.p q

                                                              References for Numbers 23:28

                                                                • p 23:28 - Or overlooks Jeshimon
                                                                • q 23:28 - Nm 21:20
                                                                  29 Balaam told Balak, "Build me seven altars here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
                                                                  30 So Balak did as Balaam said and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.