Balaam Continues to Utter Oracles

1 And Balaam saw that {it pleased} Yahweh to bless Israel, and he did not go {as other times} {to seek out} sorcery; instead, he set his face toward the desert.

References for Numbers 24:1

    • a 24:1 - Literally "it was good in the eyes of Yahweh"
    • b 24:1 - Literally "as time on time"
    • c 24:1 - Literally "to meet"
      2 Balaam lift up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to its tribes, and the spirit of God was upon it.

      References for Numbers 24:2

        • d 24:2 - That is, Israel
          3 He {uttered} his oracle and said, "The declaration of Balaam son Beor, the declaration of the man [whose] eyes are closed,

          References for Numbers 24:3

            • e 24:3 - Literally "lifted up"
              4 the declaration of the hearer of God's words, who sees the revelation of Shaddai, falling down but [whose] eyes are uncovered.

              References for Numbers 24:4

                • f 24:4 - Or "God's sayings"
                • g 24:4 - Often translated "the Almighty"
                  5 How good are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel!
                  6 They are spread out like valleys, like gardens on a river, like aloes planted by Yahweh, like cedars at [the] waters.
                  7 He will pour water from his buckets, and his offspring [will be] like many waters; his king will be higher than Agag, and his kingdom will be exalted.
                  8 God, who brings him out from Egypt, [is] like the strength of a wild ox for him. He will devour [the] nations [who are] his enemies; he will break their bones; he will pierce [them with] his arrows.

                  References for Numbers 24:8

                    • h 24:8 - Or "the horns"
                      9 He crouches, he lies down like a lion, and like a lioness, who will rouse him? [They who] bless you will be blessed, and [they who] curse you will be cursed."
                      10 Then {Balak became angry with} Balaam, and he clapped his hands and said to Balaam, "I called you to curse my enemies, but look, you have surely blessed [them] these three times.

                      References for Numbers 24:10

                        • i 24:10 - Literally "the nose of Balak became hot against"
                          11 {Flee} to your place now. I said I would richly honor you, but look, Yahweh has withheld honor from you."

                          References for Numbers 24:11

                            • j 24:11 - Literally "Flee for yourself"
                              12 Balaam said to Balak, "Did I not speak to your messengers whom you sent to me, saying,
                              13 'If Balak gave to me the fullness of his house full of silver and gold, I am not able to go beyond {the command of Yahweh} to do good or evil, from my heart; what Yahweh speaks, I will speak'?

                              References for Numbers 24:13

                                • k 24:13 - Literally "the mouth of Yahweh"
                                • l 24:13 - Hebrew "I will speak it"
                                  14 And now, look, I [am about] to go to my people; I will advise you what this people will do to your people {in the following days}."

                                  References for Numbers 24:14

                                    • m 24:14 - Literally "in the last of the days"
                                      15 And he {uttered} his oracle and said, "The declaration of Balaam son of Beor, and the declaration of the man whose eye is closed,

                                      References for Numbers 24:15

                                        • n 24:15 - Literally "lifted up"
                                          16 the declaration of the hearer of God's words, and the knower of the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of Shaddai, who is falling, and [his] eyes [are] revealed.

                                          References for Numbers 24:16

                                            • o 24:16 - Or "God's sayings"
                                            • p 24:16 - Often translated "the Almighty"
                                              17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; a star will go out from Jacob, and a scepter will rise from Israel; it will crush the foreheads of Moab and destroy all the children of Seth.
                                              18 Edom will be a captive; Seir, its enemies, will be a captive, and Israel [will be] acting {courageously}.

                                              References for Numbers 24:18

                                                • q 24:18 - Literally "[with] physical strength"
                                                  19 Someone from Jacob will rule and will destroy a remnant from the city."

                                                  References for Numbers 24:19

                                                      20 And he looked [at] Amalek, {uttered} his oracle, and said, "Amalek [is] first of [the] nations, but his future [will be] forever ruin."

                                                      References for Numbers 24:20

                                                        • t 24:20 - Literally "lifted up"
                                                        • u 24:20 - Or "among"
                                                          21 And he looked [at] the Kenites, {uttered} his oracle, and said, "Steady [is] your dwelling place; in the rock is your nest.

                                                          References for Numbers 24:21

                                                            • v 24:21 - Hebrew "Kenite"
                                                            • w 24:21 - Literally "lifted up"
                                                              22 Nevertheless, [the] Kenite will be burned; how long will Asshur keep you captive?"

                                                              References for Numbers 24:22

                                                                • x 24:22 - Hebrew "take"
                                                                  23 Again he {uttered} his oracle and said, "Woe, who will live when God establishes this?

                                                                  References for Numbers 24:23

                                                                    • y 24:23 - Literally "lifted up"
                                                                      24 The ships [will come] from the hand of the Kittim, and they will afflict Asshur and will afflict Eber; also he [will be] forever ruin."
                                                                      25 Then Balaam got up and went and returned to his place, and Balak also went on his way.