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Numbers 23 (New American Standard)

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The Prophecies of Balaam

1 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars for me here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here." 2 Balak did just as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaam offered up a bull and a ram on each altar. 3 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you." So he went to a bare hill. 4 Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, "I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar. 5 Then the LORD 1put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus." 6 So he returned to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, he and all the leaders of Moab. 7 He took up his adiscourse and said, "From 2Aram Balak has brought me, Moab's king from the mountains of the East, '3Come curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!' 8 "4How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced? 9 "As I see him from the top of the rocks, And I look at him from the hills; 5Behold, a people who dwells apart, And will not be reckoned among the nations. 10 "6Who can count the dust of Jacob, Or number the fourth part of Israel? 7Let bme die the death of the upright, 8And let my end be like his!" 11 Then Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? 9I took you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have actually blessed them!" 12 He replied, "Must I not be careful to speak 10what the LORD puts in my mouth?" 13 Then Balak said to him, "Please come with me to another place from where you may see them, although you will only see the extreme end of them and will not see all of them; and curse them for me from there." 14 So he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar 15 And he said to Balak, "Stand here beside your burnt offering while I myself meet the LORD over there." 16 Then the LORD met Balaam and 11put a word in his mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak." 17 He came to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the leaders of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, "What has the LORD spoken?" 18 Then he took up his cdiscourse and said, "Arise, O Balak, and hear; Give ear to me, O son of Zippor! 19 "12God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; 13Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good 20 "Behold, I have received a command to bless; 14When He has blessed, then 15I cannot revoke it. 21 "16He has not observed dmisfortune in Jacob; 17Nor has He seen trouble in Israel; 18The LORD his God is with him, 19And the shout of a king is among them 22 "20God brings them out of Egypt, He is for them like the 21horns of the wild ox. 23 "22For there is no omen against Jacob, Nor is there any divination against Israel; At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob And to Israel, what God has done! 24 "23Behold, a people rises like a lioness, And as a lion it lifts itself; It will not lie down until it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain." 25 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Do not curse them at all nor bless them at all!" 26 But Balaam replied to Balak, "Did I not tell you, 'e24Whatever the LORD speaks, that I must do '?" 27 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Please come, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will be fagreeable with God that you curse them for me from there." 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor which overlooks the gwasteland. 29 Balaam said to Balak, "Build seven altars for me here and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me here." 30 Balak did just as Balaam had said, and offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.
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