The Lord met Balaam, put a word into his mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and this is what you shall say."
When he came to him, he was standing beside his burnt offerings with the officials of Moab. Balak said to him, "What has the Lord said?"
Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying: "Rise, Balak, and hear; listen to me, O son of Zippor:
God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it
See, I received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.
He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob; nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The Lord their God is with them, acclaimed as a king among them
God, who brings them out of Egypt, is like the horns of a wild ox for them.
Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, "See what God has done!'
Look, a people rising up like a lioness, and rousing itself like a lion! It does not lie down until it has eaten the prey and drunk the blood of the slain."
Then Balak said to Balaam, "Do not curse them at all, and do not bless them at all."
But Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell you, "Whatever the Lord says, that is what I must do'?"
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