When Balaamsaw that it apleased the LORD to blessIsrael, he did not go as at othertimes to bseek1omens but he set his facetoward the 2wilderness.
And Balaamlifted up his eyes and sawIsraelccampingtribe by tribe ; and 3the Spirit of Godcame upon him.
He took up his ddiscourse and said, "4The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened ;
The oracle of him who 5hears the ewords of God, Whosees the 6vision of fthe Almighty, Fallingdown, yet having his eyesuncovered,
5Howfair are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel !
"Like gvalleys that stretch out, Like gardensbeside the river, Like 7aloesplanted by the LORD, Like 8cedarsbeside the waters.
7"Water will flow from his buckets, And his seed will be by manywaters, And his king shall be higherthan9Agag, 10And his kingdom shall be exalted.
"11Godbrings him out of Egypt, He is for him like the horns of the wildox. 12He will devour the nations who are his adversaries, And will crush their bones in pieces, And shatter them with his 13arrows.
"14He hcouches, he liesdown as a lion, And as a ilion, whojdares rouse him? 15Blessed is everyone who blesses you, And cursed is everyone who curses you."
Then Balak'sangerburnedagainstBalaam, and he struck his khandstogether ; and Balaksaid to Balaam, "I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing them thesethreetimes !
"Therefore, lflee to your placenow. I said I would honor you greatly, but behold, the LORD has held you back from honor."
12Balaamsaid to Balak, "16Did I not tell your messengerswhom you had sent to me, saying,
13'ThoughBalak were to give me his housefull of silver and gold, I could not do anything contrary to the mcommand of the LORD, either goodorbad, 17of my own naccord. 18What the LORDspeaks, that I will speak '?
"And now, behold, 19I am going to my people ; come, and I will advise you whatthispeople will do to your people in the odays to come."
He took up his discourse and said, "20The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, And the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
The oracle of him who hears the pwords of God, And knows the knowledge of the qMostHigh, Who sees the vision of rthe Almighty, Fallingdown, yet having his eyesuncovered.
"I see him, but not now ; I behold him, but not near ; A star shall come forth from Jacob, 21A scepter shall rise from Israel, 22And shall crushthrough the sforehead of Moab, And tteardownall the sons of uSheth.
"23Edom shall be a possession, 24Seir, its enemies, also will be a possession, While Israelperformsvaliantly.
"One from Jacob shall havedominion, And will destroy the remnant from the city."
And he looked at Amalek and took up his discourse and said, "Amalek was the first of the nations, 25But his end shall be vdestruction."
And he looked at the 26Kenite, and took up his discourse and said, "Your dwellingplace is enduring, And your nest is set in the cliff.
22"NeverthelessKain will be consumed ; Howlong will 27Asshurwkeep you captive ?"
Then he took up his discourse and said, "Alas, who can live except God has ordained it?
"But ships shall come from the coast of 28Kittim, And they shall afflictAsshur and will afflict29Eber ; 30So they also will come to destruction."
Then Balaamarose and departed and returned to 31his place, and Balakalsowent his way.