That night God came to Balaam and told him, "Since these men have come for you, get up and go with them. But be sure to do only what I tell you to do."
So the next morning Balaam saddled his donkey and started off with the Moabite officials.
But God was furious that Balaam was going, so he sent the angel of the LORD to stand in the road to block his way. As Balaam and two servants were riding along,
Balaam's donkey suddenly saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand. The donkey bolted off the road into a field, but Balaam beat it and turned it back onto the road.
Then the angel of the LORD stood at a place where the road narrowed between two vineyard walls.
When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing there, it tried to squeeze by and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall. So Balaam beat the donkey again.
Then the angel of the LORD moved farther down the road and stood in a place so narrow that the donkey could not get by at all.
This time when the donkey saw the angel, it lay down under Balaam. In a fit of rage Balaam beat it again with his staff.
Then the LORD caused the donkey to speak. "What have I done to you that deserves your beating me these three times?" it asked Balaam.
"Because you have made me look like a fool!" Balaam shouted. "If I had a sword with me, I would kill you!"
"But I am the same donkey you always ride on," the donkey answered. "Have I ever done anything like this before?" "No," he admitted.