Numbers 24 NIV

1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel,1 he did not resort to sorcery2 as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert.3

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2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him4

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3 and he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,5

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      4 the oracle of one who hears the words of God,6 who sees a vision from the Almighty,a7 who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

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        • a 24:4 - Hebrew "Shaddai"; also in verse 16
          5 "How beautiful are your tents,8 O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!

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          6 "Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river,9 like aloes10 planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.11

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          7 Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. "Their king will be greater than Agag;12 their kingdom will be exalted.13

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          8 "God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces;14 with their arrows they pierce them.15

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          9 Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness16--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless you be blessed17 and those who curse you be cursed!"18

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          10 Then Balak's anger burned19 against Balaam. He struck his hands together20 and said to him, "I summoned you to curse my enemies,21 but you have blessed them22 these three times.23

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          11 Now leave at once and go home!24 I said I would reward you handsomely,25 but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded."

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              12 Balaam answered Balak, "Did I not tell the messengers you sent me,26

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              13 'Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the LORD 27--and I must say only what the LORD says'?28

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              14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come."29

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              Balaam's Fourth Oracle

              15 Then he uttered his oracle: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly,

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                  16 the oracle of one who hears the words30 of God, who has knowledge from the Most High,31 who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

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                  17 "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near.32 A star will come out of Jacob;33 a scepter will rise out of Israel.34 He will crush the foreheads of Moab,35 the skullsb36 ofc all the sons of Sheth.d

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                    • b 24:17 - Samaritan Pentateuch (see also Jer. 48:45); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
                    • c 24:17 - Or possibly "Moab, / batter"
                    • d 24:17 - Or "all the noisy boasters"
                      18 Edom37 will be conquered; Seir,38 his enemy, will be conquered,39 but Israel40 will grow strong.

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                      19 A ruler will come out of Jacob41 and destroy the survivors of the city."

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                      Balaam's Final Oracles

                      20 Then Balaam saw Amalek42 and uttered his oracle: "Amalek was first among the nations, but he will come to ruin at last."43

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                      21 Then he saw the Kenites44 and uttered his oracle: "Your dwelling place is secure,45 your nest is set in a rock;

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                      22 yet you Kenites will be destroyed when Asshur46 takes you captive."

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                      23 Then he uttered his oracle: "Ah, who can live when God does this?e

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                        • e 24:23 - Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew "A people will gather from the north".
                          24 Ships will come from the shores of Kittim;47 they will subdue Asshur48 and Eber,49 but they too will come to ruin.50"

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                              25 Then Balaam51 got up and returned home and Balak went his own way.

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