Then Balaamsaid to Balak, "Buildsevenaltars for me here, and preparesevenbulls and sevenrams for me here."
2Balakdidjust as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaamoffered up a bull and a ram on each altar.
Then Balaamsaid to Balak, "Standbeside your burntoffering, 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 barehill.
Now GodmetBalaam, and he said to Him, "I have set up the sevenaltars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.
Then the LORD1put a word in Balaam'smouth and said, "Return to Balak, and you shall speakthus."
So he returned to him, and behold, he was standingbeside his burntoffering, he and all the leaders of Moab.
He took up his adiscourse and said, "From 2AramBalak has brought me, Moab'sking from the mountains of the East, '3ComecurseJacob for me, And come, denounceIsrael!'
"4How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
"As I see him from the top of the rocks, And I look at him from the hills; 5Behold, a people who dwellsapart, And will not be reckoned among the nations.
"6Who can count the dust of Jacob, Or number the fourthpart of Israel? 7Let bme die the death of the upright, 8And let my end be like his!"
Then Balaksaid to Balaam, "What have you done to me? 9I took you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have actuallyblessed them!"
He replied, "Must I not be careful to speak10what the LORDputs in my mouth?"
Then Balaksaid to him, "Pleasecome with me to anotherplace from where you may see them, although you will onlysee the extremeend of them and will not seeall of them; and curse them for me from there."
So he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and builtsevenaltars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar15
And he said to Balak, "Standherebeside your burntoffering while I myselfmeet the LORD over there."
Then the LORDmetBalaam and 11put a word in his mouth and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."
He came to him, and behold, he was standingbeside his burntoffering, and the leaders of Moab with him. And Balaksaid to him, "What has the LORDspoken?"
Then he took up his cdiscourse and said, "Arise, O Balak, and hear; Giveear to me, O son of Zippor!
"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 good20"Behold, I have received a command to bless; 14When He has blessed, then 15I cannotrevoke it.
"16He has not observeddmisfortune in Jacob; 17Nor has He seentrouble in Israel; 18The LORD his God is with him, 19And the shout of a king is among them
"20Godbrings them out of Egypt, He is for them like the 21horns of the wildox.
"22For there is noomen against Jacob, Nor is there any divination against Israel; At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob And to Israel, whatGod has done!
"23Behold, a peoplerises like a lioness, And as a lion it lifts itself; It will not liedownuntil it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain."
Then Balaksaid to Balaam, "Do not curse them at allnorbless them at all!"
But Balaamreplied to Balak, "Did I not tell you, 'e24Whatever the LORDspeaks, that I must do '?"
Then Balaksaid to Balaam, "Pleasecome, I will take you to anotherplace; perhaps it will be fagreeable with God that you curse them for me from there."
So BalaktookBalaam to the top of Peor which overlooks the gwasteland.
29Balaamsaid to Balak, "Buildsevenaltars for me here and preparesevenbulls and sevenrams for me here."
30Balakdidjust as Balaam had said, and offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.