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Numbers 23:13-26 (New International Version)

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Balaam's Second Oracle

13 Then Balak said to him, "Come with me to another place1 where you can see them; you will see only a part but not all of them.2 And from there, curse them for me.3" 14 So he took him to the field of Zophim on the top of Pisgah,4 and there he built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 15 Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your offering while I meet with him over there." 16 The LORD met with Balaam and put a message in his mouth5 and said, "Go back to Balak and give him this message." 17 So he went to him and found him standing beside his offering, with the princes of Moab.6 Balak asked him, "What did the LORD say?" 18 Then he uttered his oracle:7 "Arise, Balak, and listen; hear me, son of Zippor.8 19 God is not a man,9 that he should lie,10 nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.11 Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise12 and not fulfill 20 I have received a command to bless;13 he has blessed,14 and I cannot change it.15 21 "No misfortune is seen in Jacob,16 no misery observed in Israel.a17 The LORD their God is with them;18 the shout of the King19 is among them 22 God brought them out of Egypt;20 they have the strength of a wild ox.21 23 There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination22 against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'See what God has done!' 24 The people rise like a lioness;23 they rouse themselves like a lion24 that does not rest till he devours his prey and drinks the blood25 of his victims." 25 Then Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!" 26 Balaam answered, "Did I not tell you I must do whatever the LORD says?"26
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