Numbers 22:1-9 NLT

1 Then the people of Israel traveled to the plains of Moab and camped east of the Jordan River, across from Jericho.
2 Balak son of Zippor, the Moabite king, had seen everything the Israelites did to the Amorites.
3 And when the people of Moab saw how many Israelites there were, they were terrified.
4 The king of Moab said to the elders of Midian, “This mob will devour everything in sight, like an ox devours grass in the field!” So Balak, king of Moab,
5 sent messengers to call Balaam son of Beor, who was living in his native land of Pethora near the Euphrates River.b His message said: “Look, a vast horde of people has arrived from Egypt. They cover the face of the earth and are threatening me.

References for Numbers 22:5

    • ɲ 22:5 - Or who was at Pethor in the land of the Amavites.
    • ɳ 22:5 - Hebrew the river.
      6 Please come and curse these people for me because they are too powerful for me. Then perhaps I will be able to conquer them and drive them from the land. I know that blessings fall on any people you bless, and curses fall on people you curse.”
      7 Balak’s messengers, who were elders of Moab and Midian, set out with money to pay Balaam to place a curse upon Israel.c They went to Balaam and delivered Balak’s message to him.

      References for Numbers 22:7

        • ɴ 22:7 - Hebrew set out with the money of divination in their hand.
          8 “Stay here overnight,” Balaam said. “In the morning I will tell you whatever the directs me to say.” So the officials from Moab stayed there with Balaam.
          9 That night God came to Balaam and asked him, “Who are these men visiting you?”