They came to Balaam and said: "This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me,
because I will reward you handsomely1 and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse2 on these people for me."
But Balaam answered them, "Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the LORD my God.319
Now stay here tonight as the others did, and I will find out what else the LORD will tell me.4"
That night God came to Balaam5 and said, "Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you."6
Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.
But God was very angry7 when he went, and the angel of the LORD8 stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword9 in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her10 to get her back on the road.
Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides.
When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat her again.
Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.