"What have you done to me?" Balak asked Balaam. "I brought you to curse my enemies, but look, you have only blessed [them]!"
He answered, "Shouldn't I say exactly what the Lord puts in my mouth?"
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."
So Balak took him to Lookout Fielda on top of Pisgah, built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here by your burnt offering while I seek [the Lord] over there."
The Lord met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth. Then He said, "Return to Balak and say what I tell you."
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?"
Balaam proclaimed his poem: Balak, get up and listen; son of Zippor, pay attention to what I say!
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?b20
I have indeed received [a command] to bless; since He has blessed,c I cannot change it.
He considers no disaster for Jacob; He sees no trouble for Israel.d The Lord their God is with them, e and there is rejoicing over the King among them.