"No misfortune is seen in Jacob,1 no misery observed in Israel.a2 The LORD their God is with them;3 the shout of the King4 is among them.
God brought them out of Egypt;5 they have the strength of a wild ox.623
There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination7 against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'See what God has done!'
The people rise like a lioness;8 they rouse themselves like a lion9 that does not rest till he devours his prey and drinks the blood10 of his victims."
Then Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!"
Balaam answered, "Did I not tell you I must do whatever the LORD says?"11
Then Balak said to Balaam, "Come, let me take you to another place.12 Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me13 from there."
And Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor,14 overlooking the wasteland.
Balaam said, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me."
Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.15