And the children of Israel set forward , and pitched in the plains of Moab on this sideJordan by Jericho.2
And Balak the son of Zipporsaw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.3
And Moab was soreafraidof the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.4
And Moabsaid unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.5
He sentmessengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying , Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the facea of the earth, and they abide over against me:
6Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail , that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed , and he whom thou cursest is cursed .
And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midiandeparted with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.8
And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you wordagain , as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moababode with Balaam.9
And Godcame unto Balaam, and said , What men are these with thee?
And Balaamsaid unto God,Balak the son of Zippor,king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying,
Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth:come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out .
And Godsaid unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed .
And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak,Get you into your land: for the LORDrefuseth to give me leave to go with you.
And the princes of Moab rose up , and they went unto Balak, and said , Balaamrefuseth to come with us.
And Balaksent yet againprinces,more, and more honourable than they.
And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saithBalak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me:
For I will promote thee unto verygreathonour , and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.18
And Balaamanswered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his housefull of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to doless or more.19
Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more .
And Godcame unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the mencome to call thee, rise up , and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do .
And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.22
And God'sanger was kindled because he went : and the angel of the LORDstood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his twoservants were with him.
And the asssaw the angel of the LORDstanding in the way, and his sworddrawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaamsmote the ass, to turn her into the way.24
But the angel of the LORDstood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.
And when the asssaw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushedBalaam'sfoot against the wall: and he smote her again .
And the angel of the LORDwentfurther , and stood in a narrowplace, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.27
And when the asssaw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam'sanger was kindled , and he smote the ass with a staff.28
And the LORDopened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these threetimes?29
And Balaamsaid unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
And the asssaid unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I everwont to do so unto thee? And he said , Nay.
Then the LORDopened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORDstanding in the way, and his sworddrawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.32
And the angel of the LORDsaid unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these threetimes? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:
And the asssaw me, and turned from me these threetimes:unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive .
And Balaamsaid unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned ; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the wayagainst me: now therefore, if it displease thee , I will get me back again .
And the angel of the LORDsaid unto Balaam,Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak . So Balaamwent with the princes of Balak.36
And when Balakheard that Balaam was come , he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmostcoast.37
And Balaksaid unto Balaam, Did I not earnestlysend unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not ableindeed to promote thee to honour ?
And Balaamsaid unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that Godputteth in my mouth, that shall I speak .
And Balaamwent with Balak, and they came unto Kirjathhuzoth .b40
And Balakofferedoxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that BalaktookBalaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.